Rafael Nadal will face Australian world number 137 John Millman in the first round of Wimbledon on Monday. Our champ has never played 28-year-old Millman, who has played just one match on the main tour this season (hip injury).
Date: July 3, 2017
Match time: Rafa is second on Court 1. Around 2:30 PM local time / 9:30 AM EDT – New York, Montreal / 3:30 PM CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 11:30 PM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.
Millman on playing Rafa:
I’ve been brought up the wrong way if I went into a match thinking I couldn’t win.
It sounds stupid maybe when you’re up against someone of the calibre of a Rafael Nadal and all he’s done, but I’ve always been brought up not to play anyone’s reputation. Be respectful to your opponent but turn it into a fight out there.
I have so much respect for someone like Rafa, especially his journey with all his injuries he’s faced and how he’s returned every time almost better than before. When people doubted him, he seemed to bounce back and prove a lot of critics wrong.
All the top guys, if you’re going to get them, you want to get them early on when it’s a little bit fresh. Rafa’s a little bit of a daunting prospect due to the fact that he seems at times relentless in his approach in early rounds. He wants to get on and get off the court. He’s not going out there to make any friends.
Rafa has either been wide smile or quick exit at SW19. From 2006-2011, our champ reached the final five consecutive times, hoisting the Gentlemen’s Singles Trophy twice – 2008 and 2010. But Rafa has also failed to reach the quarter-finals six times at Wimbledon. He missed the tournament last year because of a left wrist injury.
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!
Sources: ATP World Tour, Yahoo Sport