Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will face off in the Madrid Open semi-final on Saturday.
Date: May 13, 2017
Match time: 4 PM local time / 10 AM EDT – New York, Montreal / 3 PM BST – United Kingdom / 4 PM CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / midnight AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.
Rafa on playing Nole:
It’s going to be a very tough match against one of the best players in tennis history. I know that to be able to have chances, I have to give 100 per cent. I have to play really well or I’m not going to have many chances. I think I’ve done my homework. Tomorrow is a day to try to give my best. Hopefully I’ll be ready for that.
According to ATP, this will be the 50th meeting between Rafa and Nole. The Serbian leads their rivalry 26-23 and has won their past seven matches, as well as their past three matches on clay.
Rafa leads Nole 14-7 in clay-court matches, but their rivalry on the surface has become much more even in recent years. The Spaniard won their first nine matches on clay before Nole picked up his maiden victory on the dirt in the 2011 Madrid final. Rafa won their only other meeting in Madrid, a 2009 semi-final battle that ended in a third-set tie-break. Their most recent meeting last year saw Nole prevail in the Rome quarter-finals.
- Rafa passed Federer for No. 1 in Emirates ATP Race to London (4,095 to 4,045 points)
- Owns 145-79 record against Top 10 opponents (5-6 since 2016 Madrid SF loss to No. 2 Murray)
- Appearing in 10th Madrid SF and 63rd ATP Masters 1000 SF overall, with 15 runner-up finishes and 29 titles
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!