Indian Wells SF: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Carlos Alcaraz?

21-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal will take on 19th seed Carlos Alcaraz in the semifinals of the Indian Wells Masters on Saturday. The pair met in the second round of the Madrid Masters last year, with our champ winning 6-1, 6-2.

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Date: March 19, 2022

Match time: Around 3 PM local time / 6 PM EST –  New York, Montreal / 10 PM GMT – United Kingdom / 11 PM CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / Sunday 9 AM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

Carlos and Rafa are a combined 31-1 in 2022, with Carlos at 12-1 and Rafa a perfect 19-0. The younger Spaniard won the Rio de Janeiro title in February, while Rafa has won three tour-level titles on the year, including the Australian Open.

Rafa on Carlos:

He got all the ingredients: the passion, humbleness, talent and the physical. Reminds me a lot of what I was with his age. He is a rival in the present and it’s amazing to have another star from my country, cause we love tennis.

Carlos on playing Rafa:

I think this time I trained with him a couple of times, I know more how to play against him. I think now it’s going to be a little bit different this match. Obviously he can destroy me again, but I don’t know what is going to happen.

It’s tough to play against Rafa but at the same time I will enjoy the moment, I will enjoy the match. It’s not every day you play against your idol. I’m going to be happy even if I lose that match, but I am focused right now to play my best against Rafa and be able to take my chances.



  1. Good luck Rafa! I have nothing but admiration for both you and Carlos as you are both cut from the same cloth. Vamos rafa!

  2. Best of luck, Rafa! Another semi-final in 2022, wow! I look forward to this match against young Carlos. He already shows such promise and excitement on court. Seems like he is cut from the same mold as Rafa. This should be a fun and thrilling match. Can’t wait!

    • Lovely Rafa. You do have some one to pass on your Batton from your country. But I want you to win this year and Carlos all the best. Loss for you is not a news but win will take you much higher in your dream.

  3. What lovely words from both Rafa and Carlos. Both are gentuinely respectful people. Rafa happy that Carlos is continuing the great Spanish tradition snd Carlos acknowledging the man he emulates, Carlos has improved very much and has played a very impressive tournament. I like and admire this guy but my heart belongs to Rafa for some 17 years. He’s so happy to be back playing, I feel that he will make the final. 🍀

  4. A wonderful match with the youth and the idol. B9th can be happy in this match, Interesting that Carlos uses the same words and attitude as his idol,, Great compliment. Vamos Rafa. Show him how!!!!

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