On Thursday, ten-time champion Rafael Nadal continues his Roland Garros campaign with a second round match against Argentina’s Guido Pella, who beat Joao Sousa 6-2, 6-3, 6-4. Our champ won their only match in straight sets at the 2017 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.
Date: May 31, 2018
Match time: Rafa is third match on Court Suzanne Lengen, meaning that he should be in action sometime around 3 PM local time / 9 AM EDT – New York, Montreal / 2 PM BST – United Kingdom / 3 PM CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 11 PM AEST – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.
Rafa on paying Pella:
Well, he’s left-handed. He won against Sousa. It’s going to be a difficult match.
I have to be prepared to play very strongly, very aggressively, and I hope that I will be able to move on the next day knowing that it’s going to be a tough match.
But I will try to be aggressive and performing as I was with the important shots as today.
Pella on playing Rafa:
I do not have pressure there. The problem is when one is comfortable and has pressure to win.
Whatever happens, nobody expects me to win Nadal, nobody expects anything from me in that game.
Against Nadal I’m going to try to do different things, to be uncomfortable, even if it’s not in my playing pattern to do them, because I know it’s the only chance I have to make a difference, because to pass balls I will not win or if I I’m not going to win.
Rafa is bidding to become only the 2nd player in history to win 11 singles titles at any Grand Slam event after Margaret Court, who won the Australian Open on 11 occasions in 1960-66, 1969-71, and 1973.
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!