Eleven-time champion Rafael Nadal takes on hard-hitting Jan-Lennard Struff for a place in the quarter-finals on Friday at the 500-level event in Barcelona.
Date: April 26, 2018
Match time: Around 4 PM local time / 10 AM EDT – New York, Montreal / 3 PM BST – United Kingdom / 4 PM CEST – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / midnight AEST – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.
The German player bludgeoned 31 winners, including 18 from his forehand, to knock out defending finalist and World No. 8 Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 3-6, 6-2. Struff beat No. 3 Alexander Zverev to make the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open and made the semi-finals of the ASB Classic in Auckland. He and Rafa have never played.
By the Numbers – Rafa at Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell:
- 1 Pista Rafa Nadal
- 2 Finals Won in Best-of-5 Sets (111-2 Career in Best-of-5 Sets on Clay)
- 3 Losses to Alex Corretja (2003 2R), Nicolas Almagro (2014 QF) and Fabio Fognini (2015 3R)
- 6-0 vs. David Ferrer
- 9-0 vs. Top 10 Opponents
- 10 Sets Won 6-0
- 11 Titles, Finals and Semi-finals
- 15 Appearances
- 16 Years since Tournament Debut as 16-Year-Old (d. Juan Antonio Marin)
- 17-Match Win Streak (2016-Present)
- 30-Set Win Streak (2016-18)
- 41-Match Win Streak (2005-14)
- 44-Set Win Streak (2008-14)
- 60 Victories
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!
Source: ATP Tour
It was fourteen years ago in 2005, at Barcelona’s then best of five, when Rafa first reached the top ten at the age of eighteen years and ten months.
“He has never left the elite group in the last fourteen years, closing on Federer for the second-longest streak in the Open era.”
[SOURCE: Jovica Ilic]
Go go go Rafa.
You are my all time favourite and adore you sooooo much.
Good luck you talented and gorgeous human being. 💜💜💜💜
Hi Rafa, good luck this whole week baby. I’m praying for you,I love you like my own son, get number 12 sweetheart. You can do it . Blessings from above.i know you’re busy, but if you can please respond, my heart will be happy.
Good luck Rafa vamosssssssssssss you can do it 💪💪💪💪❤️❤️❤️❤️🎾🎾🎾🎾😘😘😘😘💪
May the Lord of heaven and earth be with you
Good luck and Vamos Rafa <3