World No. 6 Rafael Nadal begins his campaign for a fourth Indian Wells Masters 1000 Series title against left-hander Guido Pella on Sunday. They have never played before.
Date: March 12, 2017
Match time: Around 12.30 PM local time / 3.30 PM EST – New York, Montreal / 7.30 PM GMT – United Kingdom / 8.30 PM CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / Monday 6.30 AM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.
Rafa is coming off a runner-up in Acapulco (l. to Querrey) on March 4 and he’s trying to capture his first title on hard courts since 2014 Doha. He’s played in 30 hard court tournaments since then. Pella is looking to reach the 3R for the second straight year. He is 1-4 lifetime against Top 10 foes.
• Tournament Note: Three-time champion (48-9 record) is making his 12th straight appearance and 13 overall. Has reached QFs-better in 10 of 12 visits, except 2004 debut and 2014 (l. in 3R both times). Also runner-up in 2011 (l to Djokovic) and SF five times, including last year (l. to No. 1 Djokovic). Won doubles titles in 2010 & 2012 (w/M. Lopez).
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!
Source: ATP World Tour