Rafael Nadal, who has been suffering from a stomach bug, will open his bid for a sixth Mutua Madrid Open title on Wednesday afternoon against Felix Auger-Aliassime.
The 18-year-old Canadian, who defeated Denis Shapovalov in the first round, and our champ haven’t faced each other before.
Date: May 8, 2019
Match time: Not before 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.
Rafa on playing Felix:
He is a complicated opponent. He’s young. He’s played a couple of matches on clay this year already so he’s going to be a difficult opponent.
For him here, everything is more even due to the altitude, the conditions.
Felix on playing Rafa:
It’s unbelievable. I’m so new on the tour. I’ve seen [Rafa] play so many times growing up. It’s a bit surreal to have the chance to play him here. I think I’ll just try to enjoy the moment and give everything I have every point.
According to ATP Tour, two years ago during his breakthrough run at the Coupe Rogers, Denis Shapovalov stayed with the Auger-Aliassime family at their home in Montreal. After beating Rafa 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(4) in front of the home crowd, he celebrated the late-night victory with Felix, his mom and his sister.
“The funny thing about it is that he had a Rafa poster in his house,” Shapovalov shared with ATP Uncovered presented by Peugeot. “I kind of took it down as a joke. I told him, ‘We got to take it down.’ After that he legitimately took the poster down. He’s like, ‘Nah brother, the poster’s gone. Now I’ve got to put one of you.’ It was a great moment.”
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!