Rafael Nadal continues his bid for a first title of 2019 on Friday at the Madrid Masters when he comes up against Stan Wawrinka in the quarterfinals.
Date: May 10, 2019
Match time: Not before 9.30 PM local time / 3.30 PM EDT – New York, Montreal / 8.30 PM BST – United Kingdom / 9.30 PM CEST – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / Saturday – 5.30 AM AEST – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.
Rafa on playing Stan:
It’s a tough one. He’s one of the best players on the world and likes to play on these conditions: fast altitude, big serve, big shots. So this kind of match that I need to play my best. I need to add something else and I hope to be ready to make that happen.
Stan on facing Rafa:
It’s a challenge to play him on the clay court. I have played him many times. It’s always difficult to play him.
I’m happy the way I’m playing so far. I’m happy to be in the quarter-finals again, gaining confidence little by little. I know I’m playing well. I know I’m physically good, so we will see.
Rafa is in the Madrid quarter-finals for the 14th time in the last 15 years. That includes one of the
Spaniard’s five title runs in 2013, when he defeated Stan Wawrinka 6-2 6-4 in the final.
Our champ has dominated his head-to-head rivalry with the Swiss No. 2, sweeping the first 12 matches and 26 sets. Wawrinka rebounded to take three of his next four meetings with Rafa, including a clay win at 2015 Rome. But Rafa now leads 17-3 after winning the last four matches and nine sets.
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!
Source: ATP Tour