World No. 2 Rafael Nadal renews his rivalry with controversial Australian star Nick Kyrgios as the pair square off in the second round of Wimbledon on Thursday afternoon. They have a 3-3 match record against each other.
Date: July 4, 2019
Match time: Rafa is third match on Center Court. Around 5 PM local time / noon EDT – New York, Montreal / 5 PM BST – United Kingdom / 6 PM CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 2 AM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.
My thoughts are very clear, no? I play against a top talent player, very dangerous player when he wants to play tennis. Normally against the best players, he wants to play tennis. When that happens, he’s a very dangerous opponent. Of course, like second round is a super tough one. I know that. I need to be at my 100%. I going to fight for it.
Nick on playing Rafa:
Yeah, I can’t wait. As soon as the draw came out, I was super happy that I saw him in my section. ‘I mean, it’s more exciting. When you’re a kid, you want to play the best players in the world on I think it’s the best court in the world. This is something that I can’t take for granted. There’s no guarantee I’m going to be here again in this position. Could have an injury or something like that. ‘I’m going to grasp with both hands, go out there, give it my best shot.
Rafa is bidding to win Roland Garros and Wimbledon in the same year for the 3rd time and equal Bjorn Borg’s alltime record of 3 back-to-back men’s singles titles in Paris and London. Borg achieved the feat in 3 consecutive years (1978-80), while Rafa won Roland Garros and Wimbledon back-to-back in 2008 and 2010. (see Preview page 3)
Our champ is a 2-time Wimbledon champion. He defeated Federer to win his first Wimbledon title in 2008 and won the title for a 2nd time in 2010 (d. Tomas Berdych). He also reached the final here in 2006-07, losing to Federer on both occasions, and 2011 (l. Djokovic).
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!