Rafael Nadal will face 21-year-old Karen Khachanov in the third round of Wimbledon on Friday. This is their first meeting, although the pair have practiced together in the past.
Date: July 7, 2017
Match time: Rafa is second on Center Court. 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.
Rafa on playing Khachanov:
He’s a great player in all aspects; good serve, good forehand, good backhand, a lot of power.
He’s very strong, as all the young players. And he’s a good worker.
So yeah, he like this sport, so he has a great future. Hopefully not after tomorrow.
- Rafa is bidding to reach the round of 16 here for just the 2nd time since he finished runner-up in 2011.
- Rafa has a 45-6 win-loss record at Tour-level in 2017, putting him in first place on the list for most Tour-level matchwins this year – ahead of Dominic Thiem (37-15) and Alexander Zverev (35-12).
- Rafa is bidding to win Roland Garros and Wimbledon in the same year for the 3rd time and equal Bjorn Borg’s all-time record of 3 back-to-back titles in Paris and London. Borg achieved the feat in 3 consecutive years (1978-80), while Rafa won Roland Garros and Wimbledon back-to-back in 2008 and 2010.
- Rafa is looking to win his 16th Grand Slam title and, at 31 years 43 days, become the 2nd oldest player in the Open Era to win 16 Grand Slam titles after Serena Williams, who was 31 years 255 days when she won her 16th
title at 2013 Roland Garros.
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!