World No. 2 Rafael Nadal attempts to reach his ninth Madrid Open final when he takes on Greek youngster Stefanos Tsitisipas on Saturday night. It will be Rafa’s record 70th ATP Masters 1000 semi-final, as he looks to extend his record number of trophies at the elite level to 34.
Date: May 11, 2019
Match time: 9 PM local time / 3 PM EDT – New York, Montreal / 8 PM BST – United Kingdom / 9 PM CEST – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / Sunday – 5 AM AEST – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.
Rafa on playing Tsitsipas:
He’s playing well. He won last week in Estoril and he’s already won a lot of good matches this week. He comes to that semi-final with plenty of confidence. It’s going to be a tough one, I hope to be ready for it. I’ll need to play my best. Today was a good example. I need to continue tomorrow, that’s the goal.
Tsitsipas has faced our champ three times before, losing to him on the Spaniard’s favoured clay surface in the Barcelona Open final last May and then again in the Rogers Cup final in August. Earlier this year in Melbourne, Rafa again beat him; 6-2, 6-4, 6-0. The winner will play either top seed Novak Djokovic or Dominic Thiem in Sunday’s final. Tsitsipas is the player who has most wins on tour in 2019 (26).
Rafa is trying to reach his 50th Masters 1000 final (33-16). He is 8-2 in Madrid semi-final matches and 5-3 in finals. He only has been broken once this week, holding 26 of 27 service games (96%) while leading the tournament in return games won (40%, 10 of 25). He is looking to capture his first ATP Tour title since last August in Toronto.
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!
Source: ATP Tour