13-time champion Rafael Nadal will take on Italian 18th seed Jannik Sinner for a spot in the French Open quarterfinals on Monday afternoon.
Date: June 7, 2021
Match time: Rafa is third match on Court Philippe Chatrier. Not before 4 PM local time / 10 AM EDT – New York, Montreal / 3 PM BST – United Kingdom / 4 PM CEST – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / misnight AEST – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.
Last October, Rafa came back from a break down in the first set to stop Jannik 7-6, 6-4, 6-1 in a Roland Garros quarterfinal that ended after midnight in Paris. Since then, the pair have practiced several times with Jannik serving as Rafa’s practice partner in Perth prior to the Australian Open. Their last meeting was in Rome and our champ won 7-5, 6-4.
Rafa on playing Jannik:
“Gonna be a tough one. He’s young. He’s improving every week. He has big shots. Gonna be a tough one.
I need to be solid. I need to be aggressive too, because if not it’s very difficult. I need to make him play from tough positions, and I can’t make a lot of mistakes, no? Let’s see. I know it’s the fourth round, you can’t expect an easy opponent out there.
Jannik is not the best fourth round, without a doubt, no, he’s a dangerous one. He’s young. He’s a great player. We know each other well. So let’s see.”
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!