US Open R4: What time does Rafael Nadal play Alexandr Dolgopolov?

On Monday, Rafael Nadal will play a former world No. 13 Alexandr Dolgopolov for a place in the last eight at the US Open in New York City.

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Date: 4 September 2017

Match time: Rafa is second on Ashe. Around 1 PM EDT –  New York, Montreal / 6 PM BST – United Kingdom / 7 PM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / Monday 3 AM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website

On playing Dolgopolov, Rafa said:

I need to play aggressive. I need to feel that when I‘m hitting the forehand, he’s not able to take advantage on the point. That’s going to be my goal.

Dolgopolov on facing Rafa:

I think people underestimate he’s an all-around player, you know. He serves solid. He gives you, like, 70% first serves normally. He’s a lefty. He volleys. If you play defensive, he can come in and volley.

He’s stronger than just the forehand. It’s not only the forehand that is the problem. For sure, the five-set problem is his physical condition. He’s really strong, and in a five-setter, it’s tougher to compete with him.

I’m not a young player anymore. I don’t think I’m going to get intimidated by the No. 1 player or the stadium or the occasion. If I’m comfortable, I’m healthy. I’ll just go there and try to win, because I beat him in three sets, but obviously a five-set match, only thing that worries me is staying mentally there and physically next to him, because he’s really strong physically, I think. Game-wise, you know, I’ll have a plan. Hopefully I can execute it and give him problems.

Rafa, who owns a tour-leading 52 match wins this year, leads head-to-head series 6-2. 

Here are the matches Rafa and Dolgopolov have played against each other:

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

33 comments

  1. Awesome performance champ. You were on fire . Loved every minute of it. Thank you for giving such a flawless performance. All the best in quarters( looks like your going to face another young talent in Rublev)

  2. VAMOS VAMOS VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) 🙂 ; ) 🙂 😉 🙂 Leading two sets with your beautiful, amazing Tennis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) ; ) You have so many beautiful powerful RETURNS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 😉 🙂 VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) Fantastic serve sweetheart & your reaching is UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) 🙂 😉 : ) 😉 VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) Classy end of 2nd set with AN ACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) ci…..ci……ci…….ci……!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) Glad you are using your challenge…….the empire is not making ANY OVER CALLS……

    Once again here is a legitimate questions:
    * Where is princess roger when you guys are having to play in such huge court shadow?????? * roger has easy easy easy ride again….we see that he never ever gets to have to play against outstanding players who supposedly are not ranked high….yet these out of the blue talented, fit players show up always on court against Rafa with surprising talent and fitness and ability.
    *Not once, have I seen princess r get to play against such Surprises players…. out of nowhere players……..
    * r evening match against F Lopez was a waist of time joke…..why is princess r gets to play against for sure, familiar players who are presently not at their best shape????? Asking WHY roger gets away with easy conditions easy players easy time of matches makes it rather obviously clear in my humble opinion the reasons why his trophies are artificially accumulating….
    But here and now as AVID TENNIS FANS, we are delighted for you DEAR RAFA !!!!!!! : ) 🙂 🙂 🙂 YOU ARE playing brilliantly, practicing your magical craft with intensity, and your PASSION & sportsmanship are equally impeccable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ” : ) : ) ; ) : ) : ) 🙂 : ) TENNIS FANS have such high regard for you and we believe in your brand of genuine hard work, sweat and effort and WE LOVE that you are so brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) 🙂 : ) 🙂 🙂 🙂
    GO RAFA GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!: ) YOU ARE THE BEST PLAYER & YOU ALWAYS EARN YOUR NUMBER UNO RANKING WITH GENUINE HARD WORK AND PASSION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 😉 😉 🙂 YOU ARE THE REAL DEAL and THAT IS WHY YOU ARE SO GLOBALLY LOVED AND RESPECTED BY OTHER TOP TOP CHAMPS, OTHER SPORTS FIGURES and ADORING FANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) GO RAFA GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 🙂 🙂 🙂 WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) XOXOXOXOX You are nearly at the end of another feisty brilliant victory!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 🙂 : ) 🙂 🙂 Sacha is playing great but you are playing better: ) : ) : )

  3. Rafayou are on 🔥 fire, keep this up and that 🏆 trophy will be in your ✋hands before you know it.

  4. Oh joy of joys. Rafa’s broken him in 2nd set. Keep your nerve rafa (and your serve) to take the 2nd set.

  5. Return of serve position and court position is still bad far behind the baseline..i dont moya is trying to change or rafa not ready to accept it or Toni is teaching the same old tricks…Rafa switch to full on attacking mode…play more inside…dis the way beat dem all to the title..vamos Rafa

  6. 1⃣st set done and dusted 😀, your playing superbly Rafa . Send the Dolgopolov home with his tail between his legs .

  7. A break already , keep up the good work Rafa, your doing a great job , you your team and Uncle Toni👍

  8. Looks like rafa will be on early as previous match finished early. Best of luck to him and I’m hoping he’ll have a good start in this match.

    • WOW that previous match seriously finished super early! Pliskova realized she is the world number 1 and played like that today (6-1 6-0), after 3 set battles in her 2 previous rounds.

      Hopefully Rafa can also unleash his world #1 powers and blitz Dolgopolov. That’ll be just great. Here we go!

      • Well it’s lovely that he’s broken early Mac – a better start than the last match. 14 break points came and went then – I couldn’t bear that today

  9. Please Rafa, no slow start today.

    Rafa’s hard-court record vs Dolgo, as his colleagues call him, is 4-1. A repeat of this year’s Brisbane score in three sets would be great.

    Have a great match so you’re off to the QF.

    RAFA ROCKS THE US OPEN

  10. Interesting state of affairs when we think Dolgopolov will be a stern test for our Rafael Nadal. But that’s what things have come to these days:)

    Rafa needs to increase the intensity from the start, and not wait for Dolgy to break him before he wakes up and starts playing like the 15 times GS champion that he is.

    Get it done Rafa and send him home in straight sets!

  11. Good luck Rafa;

    Remember what the neuroscientists who analyzed your game said. One of them even used the word ‘mesmerising’ watching you play.

    In addition Federer has implied that he would prefer to play with you at his side at the Laver cup than face you as an opponent elsewhere.

    WAMOS WAMOS WAMOS

  12. All the very best champ. Come out swinging and stay confident.We all know you’ll give your very best.Dolgo is tricky but you are the best.
    Vamos

  13. Rafa all the very best for your match and I trust you win,

    Love and prayers,

    AlaineXXSydneyXXAustraliaXX

  14. Good luck Rafa in your match tomorrow against the dog , just believe in yourself and a win will prevail. Your fellow Spaniard Carreno-Busta had a great match against Denis Shapovalov (Shapo as he’s been fondly named) and managed to knock him out out( a great competitor and future threat. )
    Keeping my fingers crossed now for a win for the birthday girl , the lovely Carla
    Suarez Navarro who is playing at this very moment , and hoping she can make it a double celebration for Spain today.

    • Yes I wrote to him that we are delighted for Carreno 😀pass it on to him please. Especially against Shapo who fid not please us in Montreal. Feli and Marc continue in the doubles. 😀 Pouille out, one less threat as he stopped Nadal last year. Fiona in Paris

    • For sure, Rafa will win it in straights – 6 -4, 6=4, 7-5

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

  15. will be waiting to hear when you play rafa,your doing great,just come back from your lsland,will be going back in three weeks time again,l love mallorca,vamos rafa.

    • Yes, I too am going to Majorca next week. 😊I went in Sept. 2015, visited the Manacor Tennis Club, this year wish to visit the Academy, it was under construction then. When Rafa returns, could be this week or Monday next week. Hope to see him practising there. If you are going there write me a message and maybe we could meet up. Fiona in Paris

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