21-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal will take on Carlos Alcaraz in the querterfinals of the 2022 Madrid Masters on Friday.
Rafa beat his countryman in the Madrid second round last year before making it 2-0 in their ATP Head2Head with a three-set win in the Indian Wells semifinals.
Date: May 6, 2021
Match time: Not before 4 PM local time / 10 AM EDT – New York, Montreal / 3 PM BST – United Kingdom / 4 PM CEST – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / midnight AEST – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.
Rafa holds a 22-1 record on the season with Alcaraz 25-3. Our champ is No. 1 in the ATP Race To Turin, while Alcaraz is sat third. The exciting young Spaniard has indeed won two clay titles this season, but he scored still bigger success on the hard courts of Miami after losing to our champ in the semis of Indian Wells.
Carlos on playing Rafa:
“I lost twice against him and I wanted to play against him the third time. I think it’s going to be different from last year [in Madrid] and the last match that we played [in Indian Wells]. I’m excited to play against Rafa here in Madrid in front of the Spanish crowd. It’s going to be a great day and a great match.”
Rafa on Carlos:
“Well, it’s a very, very tough match, of course. I think that today, he is better than me and he has a good dynamic, a good momentum. I am conscious on what we have right now. I think I am a very realistic person, and that doesn’t take me to not believe that I can win or that I can do it, but today I think that Alcaraz is in a better physical state of mind, is more fit.
I came here without playing. He’s younger, so he has that extra energy. I’m clear who, from the beginning, has some kind of advantage in tomorrow’s match. But in that regard, I will try to do as much as possible to be competitive. Of course tomorrow’s match will try to win, but whatever the outcome is, that it’s something positive for me in the future.
Talking about rivalry, well, I don’t know. If I had 8 or 10 years less, perhaps if Carlos had reached 10 years ago this moment, we could be talking about a new potential rivalry.”
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!