World No. 1 Rafael Nadal returns to action for the first time since Wimbledon as he takes on Benoit Paire in the second round of the Rogers Cup in Toronto on Wednesday.
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Date: August 8, 2018
Match time: Not before 6.30 PM local time / 6.30 PM EDT – New York / 11.30 PM BST – United Kingdom / Thursday, 12.30 AM CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / Thursday, 8.30 AM AEST – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.
The Frenchman looked very good in his opening match. He defeated Jared Donaldson 6-3 6-4 in a repeat of their encounter from last year’s edition.
All three of their previous encounters have gone the way of Rafa, who is a perfect 7-0 lifetime in total sets against Paire. This will be their first meeting on hard courts.
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Rafa has enjoyed plenty of success before in Canada, winning here in 2005, 2008 and 2013. He is making his 12th appearance at Coupe Rogers, where he is 29-8 overall.
– Appearing in Toronto for 1st time since 2010. Playing 2nd hard-court event of 2018 (Aus. Open).
– Won record 11th title at 3 events: Monte-Carlo (d. Nishikori), Barcelona (d. Tsitsipas) and Roland Garros (d. Thiem).
– Secured at least 1 title in 15 straight seasons, tying Federer’s Open Era record from 2001-15.
– Ranked No. 1 from 1 January-18 February, 2 April-13 May, 21 May-17 June and 25 June-present.
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!
Source: ATP World Tour