On Sunday, world No. 1 Rafael Nadal must secure victory in a blockbuster with world No. 4 Alexander Zverev to force a decisive fifth rubber.
Earlier today, Germany have taken a 2-1 lead over Spain in their Davis Cup quarter-final thanks to a doubles win for Tim Puetz and Jan-Lennard Struff in Valencia. The German duo beat Marc Lopez and Feliciano Lopez in five sets, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-7(4), 7-5.
Date: April 8, 2018
Match time: Around 11 AM local time / 5 AM EDT – New York, Montreal / 10 AM BST – United Kingdom / 11 AM CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 7 PM AEST – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.
Rafa on playing Sascha:
I need to get a bit more solid with my serve, I cannot have mistakes with my serve like I did today, and Sascha is a very tough opponent. It will be a big challenge, but at the same time I am excited to play that match. After a while without competing, that will be a good test for me too. I know I have to play a great match, and I hope to be ready to play a good match. I am going to enjoy the fact that I get the chance to play in front of my crowd, on clay.
Rafa, who must win to keep Spain’s hopes alive, has won all three of his career meetings with Zverev.
|2017||ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo
|Outdoor Clay||R16||Rafael Nadal|
|Outdoor Hard||R32||Rafael Nadal|
|2016||ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells
|Outdoor Hard||R16||Rafael Nadal|
Rafa has won 103 out of 105 best-of-five set matches on clay and is on a 23-match winning streak for Spain in Davis Cup.
Spain currently hold a 26-tie winning streak on home soil. The hosts haven’t lost a home tie since 1999 when Gustavo Kuerten’s Brazil prevailed in Lerida.
Good luck & Vamos Rafa!