Rafael Nadal and Juan Ignacio Londero meet for the first time on Sunday as they battle for a quarter final ticket at the French Open.
Date: June 2, 2019
Match time: Rafa is third match on Court Philippe Chatrier. Around 3 PM local time / 9 AM EDT – New York, Montreal / 2 PM BST – United Kingdom / 3 PM CEST – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 11 PM AEST – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.
He plays very well right now. I think it’s going to be a very difficult match, demanding, but I’m prepared to fight at a very high level.
Rafa dropped a set in his third-round victory on Friday over David Goffin, but has looked sharp and made clear that he’s primed for a 12th title in Paris. The defending champion holds a staggering 89-2 record here and seeks his 13th quarter-final at the second major of the year. He also picked up his 34th ATP Masters 1000 title last month at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia (d. Djokovic).
Londero is competing in a Grand Slam main draw for the first time. The 25-year-old won his first ATP Tour title this February on home soil at the Cordoba Open (d. Pella).
Our champ is 8-0 in his last eight matches with only two sets lost and 10 sets won by either a 6-0 or 6-1 scoreline. He is aiming to reach the last 8 at a major for the 38th time and claim sole ownership of 4th place on the all-time list for most Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances, ahead of Roy Emerson.
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!
Source: ATP Tour