Three-time US Open champion Rafael Nadal looks for his seventh win over Marin Cilic in nine meetings as they face off in the fourth round on Monday.
Date: September 2, 2019
Match time: 7 PM EDT – New York, Montreal / midnight – United Kingdom / 1 AM CEST – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 9 AM AEST – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.
The key is play well. That simple. If I am playing well, I going to have hopefully my chances to return a couple of points and give me chances.
I know against big servers like them, chances are not a lot, so you need to be ready to expect a very tough one. But I need to be focused with my serve, as always.
I need to be ready to accept the challenge that brings the competition in days like these ones. And I hope to be ready to play my highest level, because that’s what I going to need.
Cilic on playing Rafa:
I’m going to have to create chances with Rafa. He’s definitely having a great season and playing really well.
It’s going to be on me, on my own side of the court to try to serve well, be a little bit aggressive and try to impose my game as much as I can.
Our champ has held in all 27 of his service games and he is the only singles player in either side of the draw that has not surrendered a break of serve. He has spent just over four hours on court, a far cry from the physically grueling matches he endured prior to retiring with a knee injury in the semis at last year’s US Open.
Good luck & Vamos Rafa!