Defending champion Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro face off in the semifinals of Roland Garros 2018 on Friday. The Argentine reached the semis in Paris for the first time since 2009 by beating Marin Cilic in four sets.
Our champ has never lost once advancing to the semi-finals at Roland Garros, lifting the Coupe des Mousquetaires on all 10 occasions.
Date: June 8, 2018
Match time: Not before 3.30 PM local time / 9.30 AM EDT – New York, Montreal / 2.30 PM BST – United Kingdom / 3.30 PM CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 11.30 PM AEST – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.
Rafa on playing Delpo:
He has fantastic potential. Aggressive game from the end of the court, the baseline.
And I have to play aggressively. If I play defensively and I don’t take intensity, I will lose.
Delpo on facing Rafa:
Tomorrow I will try to play a match as I did in a different surface against Rafa, but he’s lefty and what I say before my match against Ramos, a lefty player has advantage with me because he can find easily my backhand, and he knows what my backhand is at the moment.
But anyways, I will try to do my best, to play my best tennis, and see if I can do a good match.
While Rafa has a 9-5 lead against Del Potro in their ATP Head2Head series, the pair has met only twice before on clay courts. In their two completed red dirt matches, Rafa beat Del Potro 7-5, 6-3, 6-2 at the Paris major in 2007 and 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 7-6(0) in the 2011 Davis Cup final. Rafa also won their last clash in the 2017 US Open semi-finals 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 6-2.
Good luck and Vamos Rafa!
Source: ATP World Tour