Rafael Nadal continues his bid for a 12th French Open title on Friday when he takes on Belgium’s David Goffin in the third round.
Date: May 31, 2019
Match time: Rafa is third match on Court Philippe Chatrier. Around 2 PM local time / 8 AM EDT – New York, Montreal / 1 PM BST – United Kingdom / 2 PM CEST – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 10 PM AEST – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.
Rafa leads their head-to-head 3-1, including all three of their clay-court matches. He has not dropped a set against Goffin on clay.
Goffin beat our champ during group play at the 2017 ATP Finals in London. The most recent match between these two players was last year in Barcelona where Rafa won in straight sets.
Rafa on playing Goffin:
He’s a very complex player. He has all the shots. He’s a player who have an amazing career, and we practised a lot of times. We know each other well. He’s an opponent that you need to play very well to have success against him.
He is quick. He has very good angles. Gonna be, being honest, a big challenge to be in the third round. Here we are. I gonna try my best to be ready for it.
Goffin on playing Rafa:
We know that he’s at home at the French Open. He’s the king.
I need to use angles. I need to play early. If he plays short shots, I will have to do it. But if I have to run a lot, it will be to his favour. And when he starts dictating the match, it becomes very difficult.
So I need to make use of his strength as an advantage to dictate the match myself. I need to have good serves as well. It is important. I need to be aggressive, but his defense is so good. He knows how to move around the court. It will be a big court, so it’s extremely difficult to challenge him on clay.
Of course for such a match I hope that the atmosphere will be great on a good court, and I will need to play as good as possible.
Rafa is the leading performer in Roland Garros history. He has an 88-2 win-loss record at Roland Garros, ahead of Roger Federer (67-16), Djokovic (64-13) and Guillermo Vilas (58-17). This is Rafa’s 15th successive Roland Garros and his 56th appearance at a major.
Rafa is looking to become the 4th man in the Open Era to win 4 or more Grand Slam titles after turning 30. Federer, Rod Laver and Ken Rosewall are the only men to have won 4 or more Grand Slam titles after turning 30.
Rafa l is bidding to win his 59th career clay court title at Roland Garros. By winning his 50th clay court title at 2017 Monte Carlo-1000, he set an Open Era record for the most career clay court titles ahead of Guillermo Vilas (49).
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!
Source: ATP Tour