Roland Garros SF: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Dominic Thiem?

On Friday, nine-time champion Rafael Nadal will face sixth seed Dominic Thiem for a place in the Roland Garros final.

Thiem is the only player to defeat Rafa on clay this season and sealed a return to the last four in Paris with a sensational 7-6(5), 6-3, 6-0 upset of defending champion Novak Djokovic.

Neither Rafa nor Thiem have dropped a set in reaching the last four, with our champ losing just 22 games through five matches.

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Date: June 9, 2017

Match time:  [UPDATED] Rafa is second on court Philippe Chatrier. Not before 3:30 PM local time / 9:30 AM EDT –  New York, Montreal / 2:30 PM BST – United Kingdom / 3:30 PM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 11:30 PM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

Rafa on playing Thiem:

Thiem is a tough player. I won in Barcelona, Madrid, and I lost to him in Rome. So either you play well and you advance to the next round or you lose and you’re out.

In Rome it was not a good day for me. I was not in a position to play well the way I wanted to. He put me in a difficult situation, so it’s up to me to avoid being put in uncomfortable situations.

He’s a very good player. He hits the ball very hard. He’s very powerful on both sides. Forehand, backhand, serve. These weapons are quite good. He has a huge potential to tap, and he can hit the ball very hard. He doesn’t give you a lot of options.

Thiem on playing Rafa:

I think on Friday is coming the toughest opponent ever here in Roland Garros. Gonna be the fourth match against him in, like, five or six weeks. Not really big secrets. Well, he’s again in his best shape. So it’s going be the toughest match that you can imagine.

Since the beginning of 2016, they’ve faced off five times (all on clay), with Rafa winning three and Thiem two. It was the Austrian who emerged victorious in their last meeting, however, winning 6-4 6-3 in Rome three weeks ago.


Sources: Roland Garros, AFP


  1. Congratulations Rafa , I’m over the moon that you have secured yourself a place once again in another final. Stan the Man has been playing great but he is no competition for the king of Clay . The trophy is yours if you want it . Sunday can’t come soon enough ( live FO starts 1.30 pm in UK) Loved the pic on Instagram of the kids from your Academy sending you strength, keep them in mind when you walk out on the court on Sunday and show them that dreams really can come true. 🇪🇸

    • This is soooooo beautiful, Maria.Never knew you had a scintilla of poetic inclinations, uuh.
      Almost moving me to tears………………….Vamossss Rafa, it’s about time to kick Stan’s ass in the final of a GS.

      Stan has a 100% record in his 3 previous slam finals, so will he win again this time???

      Maria (Siberia), my great old Aunt, predicts a super grinder of a result in Rafa’s favour: 6-2, 8-1, 6-1. Now, we all know that my Aunt Maria (Siberia) has never ever been wrong before, don’t we? Sp, there you have it, the La Decimal on Sunday!

      Let the music play, let the celebration begin now!!!!!!!!!!

      But as always, we’d see………………hmmmn

      • Send your great old Aunt my warmest wishes, glad to see her great sense of humour has rubbed of on you. Lol . Can’t wait for all your cousin’s to pop up I’m guessing they might be called Maria Hmnnnn…..

      • Send your great old Aunt my warmest wishes, glad to see her great sense of humour has rubbed of on you. Lol .

      • Maria snake island – your great aunt? Oh that’s just fantastic. Lol. I see she’s maybe losing her touch a little though – 8 – 1 for the 2nd set. Surely that cannot be right? But we will see

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