On Thursday, eleven-time champion Rafael Nadal will face his good friend and retiring star David Ferrer in the third round of the Barcelona Open.
Date: April 25, 2018
Match time: Around 3 PM local time / 9 AM EDT – New York, Montreal / 2 PM BST – United Kingdom / 3 PM CEST – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 11 PM AEST – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.
Rafa holds a 25-6 lead over Ferrer.
Ferrer won their first ever meeting in Stuttgart in 2004 but Rafa has gone on to dominate their matches. Their last meeting was in 2018 at the US Open – Ferrer retired with our champ leading 6-3, 3-4.
Rafa is looking forward to what could be a final meeting against the 37-year-old:
He’s a good friend, one of the best players that we have been watching the last 15 years. It’s going to be a special one, and he’s playing well.
Of course it is going to be very special to play with Rafa. He’s a very good friend, one of the very best tennis players in the history [of the sport]. And tomorrow I have the chance to play with Rafa which is a gift so I hope I will play a good match and enjoy every moment that we play.