Italian Open R3: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Jack Sock in Rome?

Seven-time champion Rafael Nadal and Jack Sock kick off the night session of Thursday’s play in Rome with Rafa looking for his 4th win over the American, who prevailed in a marathon 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(1) second-round battle over Jiri Vesely.

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Date: May 18, 2017

Match time: 7.30 PM local time / 1.30 pM EDT –  New York, Montreal / 6.30 PM BST – United Kingdom / 7.30 PM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / Friday  3.30 AM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

Rafa is 3-0 against Sock and our champ won their match in Miami last month, 6-2, 6-3. The American has taken a set from Rafa in both of their other meetings in 2015 (Roland Garros, Beijing).

This week Sock spent six hours and 12 minutes on court in Rome (including doubles) compared to 24 minutes for Rafa.

Rafa has only dropped two sets this spring (30-2) during his clay court streak. His seven Rome titles are a tournament record and he last held the crown in 2013.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

Source: ATP World Tour

18 comments

  1. Rafa, another great game from you tonight , your flying high, there’s just no stopping you . Another opponent kicked to the kerb. I see Nick and his brother were in the crowd , taking notes on how to defeat the king of clay at the FO no doubt. Rafa makes sure you have your A game on tomorrow against Thiem , it will be an exciting match for sure. Good luck.

  2. Rafa played well against jack today who really did well in the 2nd set himself by breaking rafa back. But Rafa prevailed – big congrats!!

  3. It has been some day at the Rome Open today:

    Firstly, those still in:
    A Zverev
    M Cilic
    M Raonic
    Nole
    Isner
    All in SS

    Secondly, those of whom are out:
    Fognini
    D Goffin
    T Berdych
    Bautista-Agut
    Wawrinka

    DelPo and Kei are in a first-set tiebreak.

    RAFA ROCKS

  4. We had Rafa yesterday with his great sportsmanship and genuine concern and today with Novak a complete contrast with swearing and rudeness.And the cringy giving love to the crowd , Annabel Croft commented she didn’t like this love thing from Novak and thought it was a bit contrived.
    CONTRIVED – deliberately created rather than arising naturally or spontaneously.
    created or arranged in a way that seems artificial and unrealistic
    SPOT ON ANNABEL

    • Annabel has always said she didn’t like novak’s love thing to the crowd. It makes me cringe Maria. I’m so glad I didn’t see that – I prefer him to lose just so I don’t have to endure that again. Lol

    • Are you secretly in love with Nole? LOL You inexplicably seem unable to stop writing about him; as if you know him personally: as if you have devoured everything ever written about him. He must weigh heavily upon you. Get rid of those shackles and admit you’re missing him. Love conquers.

      RAFA ROCKS

  5. Stan the man is over and out, but Novak is starting to get his A game back . Damn it.

  6. I Wonder if Rafa has any plans to play doubles this season. Included in today’s doubles lineup are the Zverev brothers vs the Bryan twins. Now that’s interesting.

    RAFA ROCKS

  7. Fabio out of tournament, that’s what you call just deserts for making fun of Rafa. Good luck today Rafa , this will be your 4th meeting with Jack Sock, he hasn’t managed to beat you yet and today will be no different . Enjoy your match and your quest to reclaim your kingdom of clay

  8. Rafa, sock it to Jack. Have a Gr8 game and enjoy.

    Looks as if it took 20-year-old Sascha to oust Fognini, home crowd or not.

    RAFA ROCKS

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