Rafael Nadal and Sam Querrey will be squaring off for the sixth time in their careers when they battle for a spot in the Wimbledon semifinals on Wednesday.
The head-to-head series stands at 4-1 in favour of Rafa, but the big-serving American won their most recent battle in the 2017 Acapulco final. This will mark the first time they have played each other on grass courts.
If he wins this Wednesday, Rafa will become the first player to qualify for the 2019 ATP Finals.
Date: July 10, 2019
Match time: Rafa is second match on Court One. Around 4 PM local time / 11 AM EDT – New York, Montreal / 4 PM BST – United Kingdom / 5 PM CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / Thursday 1 AM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.
Querrey on playing Rafa:
I have never played him here…It’s his least favourite place of the Slams and he’s final-ed it five times. And he’s been rolling through guys. It’s going to be tough. I’m going to have to serve incredibly well, take my chances when I get them, and hopefully I can have a good day out there.
Rafa on playing Querrey (who has beaten Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Dominic Thiem and Anderson at Wimbledon in recent years):
He played the semi-finals in 2017, close match to be in the final. 2017 was an amazing year for him.
When he plays well, he can be very, very dangerous on all surfaces. But of course, on fast surfaces, when he serves with his aggressive game, he is maybe more dangerous.
The 32-year-old American is the only unseeded player in the men’s singles quarterfinals and has thumped down 100 aces so far at this year’s tournament, dropping just one service game and landing 86% of his first serves.
Rafa has faced a total of just seven break points through four matches this tournament. This is the least number of break points faced among the quarter-finalists (Federer faced eight). Rafa saved four of them.
Our champ is bidding to reach his 32nd Grand Slam semifinal and take sole ownership of 3rd place on the all-time list for most Grand Slam men’s singles semifinal appearances, ahead of Jimmy Connors.
He is also bidding to reach his 7th Wimbledon semifinal and go joint-12th on the all-time list for most Wimbledon men’s singles semifinal appearances in the Open Era – alongside Jean Borotra, Ivan Lendl, Andy Murray and James Renshaw.
He is bidding to record his 53rd Wimbledon match-win. By recording his 52nd victory here in the round of 16 this year, he took sole ownership of 8th place on the Open Era list for most Wimbledon men’s singles match-wins.
He has reached his 39th Grand Slam quarterfinal here this year. By reaching the quarterfinals at a major for the 37th time, at the Australian Open this year, Rafa claimed sole ownership of 4th place on the Open Era list for quarterfinal appearances at the Grand Slams, ahead of Andre Agassi.
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!
Sources: ATP Tour, Wimbledon