Rafael Nadal and Denis Shapovalov will be going head-to-head for the second time in their careers when they clash during third-round action at the Rome Masters on Thursday afternoon.
Date: May 17, 2018
Match time: Rafa is third match on Centrale Court, meaning that he should be in action sometime around 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.
Shapovalov won their only previous encounter in three sets last summer on the hard courts in Montreal. The 19-year-old Canadian is ranked a career-high No. 29, up 114 spots from 10 August when he defeated Rafa.
|2017||ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Canada
|Outdoor Hard||R16||Denis Shapovalov|
The Canadian teenager is 7-4 on clay this year, including a run to the semifinals at Madrid. His only ATP-level experience on clay prior to this season was a first-round qualifying loss at the French Open.
Rafa has won a record seven Rome titles, but none since 2013. The Internazionali BNL d’Italia is the only clay-court event where he has made four consecutive appearances without a title.
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!
Source: ATP World Tour