Three-time champion Rafael Nadal will open his Indian Wells Masters campaign against American wildcard Jared Donaldson on Sunday. Rafa’s only previous encounter with Donaldson saw him win 6-2, 6-1 at the Shanghai Masters two years ago.
Date: March 10, 2019
Match time: Not before 6 PM local time / 9 PM EST – New York, Montreal / 1 AM GMT – United Kingdom / 2 AM CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / noon AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.
Rafa has enjoyed plenty of success at this event, having won three times (2007, 2009, 2013) and finished runner-up in 2011. While some people refer to this tournament as “the fifth Grand Slam,” Rafa said he believes the rich history of the event is worthy of being recognised on its own.
“This tournament is important enough to stand on its own name,” said Rafa. “I love not being in a big city and the calm we have out here in the desert. I love the views and the organisation here is one of the best.”
Five Rafa Stats From Indian Wells:
First Match: 2004, Nadal def. Lars Burgsmuller 6-2, 6-3
First Title: 2007, Nadal def. Novak Djokovic 6-2, 7-5
Top 10 record : 9-6
6-0 Sets Won: 5
In Rafa’s three victories at the ATP Masters 1000 event, he has lost a combined three sets. The first time he lifted the trophy in the desert, in 2007, Rafa did not drop a set.
Indian Wells is one of three Masters 1000 events at which Rafa has won 50 matches. Rafa, who holds a 50-10 record at the BNP Paribas Open, owns 68 wins in Monte-Carlo and 56 in Rome.
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!
Source: ATP Tour