Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal continues his search for his first title of the season when he plays Jeremy Chardy in the second round of the Rome Masters on Wednesday.
Date: May 15, 2019
Match time: Rafa is second match on Center Court. Around 12.30 PM local time / 6.30 AM EDT – New York, Montreal / 11.30 AM BST – United Kingdom / 12.30 PM CEST – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 8.30 PM AEST – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website. Let’s hope the expected rain will stay away from Rome!
Rafa has beaten Chardy in straight sets in their two previous meetings, but they haven’t faced off in four years. This will be their first meeting on clay.
The defending champion hasn’t lost before the quarter-finals in Rome since 2008. He is the defending champion in Rome, a tournament he’s won eight times in all – 2005-07, ’09-10, ’12-13, ’18. He’ll try to become the first player this season to successfully defend a title.
The second seed is making his 15th consecutive appearance at the Foro Italico and he comes in with a 56-6 record (8-2 in finals) at the tournament. The Spaniard has advanced to the quarter-finals or better in 13 of his 14 previous visits to the Italian capital.
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!