World No. 1 Rafael Nadal and 19-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas will be going head-to-head for the first time in their careers when they battle for the Barcelona Open title on Sunday.
Date: April 29, 2018
Match time: 4 PM local time / 10 AM EDT – New York, Montreal / 3 PM BST – United Kingdom / 4 PM CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / midnight AEST – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.
Stefanos on playing Rafa:
It is my childhood dream to play against Rafa, it is amazing to play Rafa on the other side of the court. All I need to do is go out the court, play my best tennis and enjoy.
I watched millions of Rafa’s matches on clay, so I think I know his game. I will try to play my best…
It would be my first time against Rafa, I think he will be more confident than me. But I don’t have anything to lose. I just have to play my game that I was playing the entire week.
Rafa on playing Stefanos:
Stefanos is a great player. Young and the young players always have something special and he’s playing with big confidence.
He’s playing so well so it’s gonna be a tough match tomorrow.
I need to play at the highest level possible and I think today has been positive. Let’s try to keep going tomorrow.
Stefanos is into his first ATP final and he has yet to drop a set at the tournament He is the youngest Barcelona finalist since Rafa in 2005.
Rafa is 57-3 in his career in Barcelona and he has never lost a final here (10-0 in finals). His only losses in 60 career matches here came in the second round of his tournament debut as a 16-year-old in 2003 (to Alex Corretja), the quarterfinals in 2014 (to Nicolas Almagro) and the third round in 2015 (to Fabio Fognini).
Rafa is 15-1 on the season (11-0 on clay) and on Saturday he extended his Open Era record to 44 consecutive sets won on clay. He has won 18 straight clay court matches since losing to Thiem in the QF at ATP Masters 1000 Rome last May.
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!
Sources: ATP World Tour, Barcelona Open