In the third round of the Italian Open, Rafael Nadal will play Denis Shapovalov, against whom he saved two match points in the third round last year en route to his 10th title.
Date: May 12, 2021
Match time: Not before 7 PM local time / 1 PM EDT – New York, Montreal / 6 PM BST – United Kingdom / 7 PM CEST – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 9 PM AEST – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.
Rafa on playing Denis:
Last year was a joke, the match that I saved here against him. I was super lucky. I know how dangerous he is, I need to play well, of course. I need to play better than today, but after a while without being on court it is another victory and I have the chance again to play against one of the best players in the world. I need to build things again after a tough stoppage and that’s what I am trying now. I just need to stay with the right attitude, and let’s see if I am able to make that happen.
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!
Okay what is going on here? This does not look good and Rafa looks very lost now.
I leave the office, drive home for 10 minutes, and Rafa is down 0-3 in the second set?
Get back in this champ and take what is yours!
He has broken back Mac
He is hungry and looking very sharp against the bombs like serves of Shapo
Rafa should not have lost that set by committing 2 double faults after he fought back brilliantly…onto decider we go
WOW. Double break and Rafa seems to be cruising. Champ seemed to have switched up a gear, hitting some really heavy shots- great to see!
Keep this up Champ!!
Looking like old beast Rafa
Win in straights
Do better than Djoker in every match
Good luck, Rafa. Not impressed by Shapovalov outbursts.
❤️🙏 for Rafa! I hope Rafa double bagels Denis…lost all respect for him after he tried his best to prove Rafa was cheating with time clock. Yes this world would be a much better place if more people follow Rafa’s example!
Wishing you the best of luck Rafa, Vamos x
If EVERYONE had the attitude Rafa has the world would be a much better place! And he works on it consciously every single minute of every single day!!! He is truly an inspiration for anyone! And he’s also the GOAT in tennis 😉 Praying for much success and no injury in Rome! Vamos Rafa!
Rafa is the best, always! I’m 83, and never in all my years have I seen a person like Rafa, who works as hard at being a great person as he does at being a great athlete – and has succeeded brilliantly at both!
Good luck and Vamos Rafa. Go for it.