On Tuesday night, Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem will face each other for the first time on hard courts in the quarterfinals of the 2018 US Open.
Date: 4 September 2018
Match time: Around 9 PM EDT – New York, Montreal / Wednesday 2 AM BST – United Kingdom / Wednesday 3 AM CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / Wednesday 11 AM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.
This will be a rematch of this year’s French Open final–won by our champ in straight sets. The world No. 1 leads the head-to-head series 7-3 overall, including 2-1 this season and 5-2 dating back to the start of 2017.
Rafa on facing Thiem:
He’s a fantastic player. He’s a very powerful player. He’s a great guy. Very good relationship with him. Happy for him that he’s in quarter-finals here. Last year he lost a very tough match against Del Potro here…
It is going to be a tough one.
He is a very powerful player and he knows how to play these kind of matches. I need to play my best match of the tournament if I want to keep having chances to stay in the tournament.
Thiem on playing Rafa:
I’m really looking forward to play him on hard court for the first time. On clay, I think it’s one of the biggest challenges in sports to beat this guy or to compete with this guy. I hope that it’s a little bit more comfortable on hard court, but I’m not sure.
To compete with Rafa well, I always have to have a great day, and I have to play well.
I think that I have very powerful ground strokes, and I can even hurt him with them. But the key is to play really fast and powerful. But on the same time, not make too many mistakes.
I think nobody’s game really matches up well with his. That’s why he’s so unbelievably successful. No matter what, it’s always really tough to play against him. As I said, I’m really looking forward to see how it is on a different surface than clay.
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!
Sources: ATP World Tour, US Open