Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal and Nikoloz Basilashvili will be squaring off for the first time in their careers when they battle for a place in the fourth round of the French Open on Friday.
Date: June 2, 2017
Match time: Rafa is second on court Philippe Chatrier. Around 1 PM local time / 7 AM EDT – New York, Montreal / noon BST – United Kingdom / 1 PM CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 9 PM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.
This marks Rafa’s first-ever meeting with Nikoloz Basilashvili, who reached the third round at Roland Garros for the first time by defeating Viktor Troicki 7-6(3), 7-6(2), 7-6(6). The Georgian, currently No. 63, reached a career high No. 53 earlier this year after a brilliant patch during which he reached the semi-finals in Sofia and Lyon, and the final in Memphis.
Rafa on playing Tblisi native Basilashvili:
The opponent is always dangerous because this is Roland Garros. I need to focus on winning. There are days where things go well and other days when things don’t go so well. But when I walk onto the court, I work for every point and have deep respect for all of my opponents.
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!
Source: ATP World Tour