On Friday, ten-time champion Rafael Nadal will play his quarter-final match at the Barcelona Open against Martin Klizan, who followed up his second-round win over Novak Djokovic by beating Feliciano Lopez 6-1, 6-4.
Date: April 27, 2018
Match time: Rafa is third match on Pista Rafa Nadal. Around 2.30 PM local time / 8.30 AM EDT – New York, Montreal / 1.30 PM BST – United Kingdom / 2.30 PM CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 10.30 PM AEST – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.
Rafa on playing Klizan:
It will be a difficult match. He has three matches won, one of them against Djokovic and another against Feliciano Lopez, two good players.
I will have to play with the right intensity. He is a player who combines good moments with not so good ones but in general he is a dangerous player. To counteract it I will have to play aggressive and get him uncomfortable on the court.
I go out as if we had practically never faced each other.
Klizan on playing Rafa:
Nadal seems to be in a great form, but he is also human, nobody is unbeatable.
He is a legend. Win or lose, to face him in a quarter-final is to feel proud.
Rafa leads head-to-head 2-1, but Klizan won their last meeting in Beijing four years ago. In their first two meetings, at the French Open in 2013 and Wimbledon in 2014, Klizan both times took the first set before losing in four.
|Outdoor Hard||QF||Martin Klizan|
|Outdoor Grass||R128||Rafael Nadal|
|Outdoor Clay||R64||Rafael Nadal|
Good luck & Vamos Rafa!
Source: ATP World Tour
Klizan can now brag he won 5 points from Rafa. Rafa can brag he won the war [not that he will].
A good test for Rafa. Klizan played really well in the 2nd set but Rafa is Rafa. He ups his level whenever he needs to. Onto Semis Rafa. The streak continues. On a side if that Girl with the glasses is klizan’s girlfriend then he is already a winner 😋.
Wweeeeeeeee Another Rafa win. I was holding my breath through most of the second set. Ready to faint.
Difficult SS win but worth it. Glad there was no tiebreak Now I can breathe.
Oh no – there might be a third set here… Klizan fighting back (or Rafa slowing down). I’m not watching, only seeing the score, so can’t comment further.
I eat my words! What was I thinking?
Klizan won’t only eat his words, he will have a bagel for dessert. First set to Rafa 6-0.
I want to see a beat down against Klizan who thinks he has a chance against Rafa by recent comments he has made.
Show him who is boss Rafa.
best of luck to you, you can do it again! 🍀🍀🍀💪💪💪vamos…
Vamos Rafa. God Bless You. Your Aussie Abuela Nan Shirley. 🐂🏆👑🎉🎉
Rafa congrats vamossssssss champ you can do it playing so good all the way to the finals your fans for ever.🎾🎾🎾🎾👍🏸🏸👍😍❤️🏆
Rafa all the best for your match today,Friday in Australia.
Love and prayers,
Vamos Rafa! Good luck against Klizan.
All the best against Klizan. Vamos Rafa <3
Thank you for all this info 😎🎾🇦🇺
You’re welcome 🙂