A day after his 33rd birthday, Rafael Nadal continues his quest for a 12th French Open title when he takes on Kei Nishikori in the quarterfinals. Our champ has won 10 of their 12 previous matches, including all three matches on clay.
Date: June 4, 2019
Match time: Rafa is second match on Court Philippe Chatrier. Around 4 PM local time / 10 AM EDT – New York, Montreal / 3 PM BST – United Kingdom / 4 PM CEST – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / midnight AEST – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.
What happened here (11 titles)… something really unbelievable. I don’t know what can happen in the future or not. I am trying my best to compete well and to give a chance to be where I am today. Now I’m gonna have tough match against Kei. So that’s my goal now. But of course, yeah, 11 here already is something really unbelievable.
Kei on playing Rafa:
It’s going to be a tough match, he’s the greatest ever clay court player.
Rafa is bidding to reach his 31st Grand Slam semifinal and equal Jimmy Connors in 3rd place on the all-time list for most Grand Slam men’s singles semifinals. He is also bidding to reach his 12th Roland Garros semifinal and extend his lead at the top of the all-time list for most Roland Garros men’s singles semifinals.
Our champ has a 90-2 win-loss record at Roland Garros, ahead of Federer (69-16), Djokovic (67-13) and Guillermo Vilas (58-17). This is Rafa’s 15th successive Roland Garros and his 56th Grand Slam overall.
The King of Clay 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.
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!
Source: ATP Tour