Long-time rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will be squaring off for the 59th time in their careers and for first time this season when they clash in the French Open quarterfinals on Tuesday. That encounter will come a little less than a year on from their last, their 2021 semi-final tussle that end with victory in four sets for Djokovic.
Date: May 31, 2022
Match time: Not before 8:45 PM local time / 2:45 PM EDT – New York, Montreal / 7:45 PM BST – United Kingdom / 8:45 PM CEST – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 4:45 AM AEST – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.
Rafa on playing Novak:
“Well, we know each other well, we have a lot of history together. Here we are, we are at Roland Garros, it’s my favourite place. The only thing I can guarantee is that I will fight until the end.”
Novak on playing Rafa:
“I’m glad that I didn’t spend too much time on the court myself up to quarterfinals, knowing that playing him in Roland Garros is always a physical battle, along with everything else. It’s a huge challenge and probably the biggest one that you can have here in Roland Garros. I’m ready for it.”
Rafa’s record 13 championships at Roland Garros are part of his haul of 21 Grand Slam trophies, a record for men. The No. 1-ranked Novak, twice the title winner at the French Open, is just one behind Rafa in the total Slam count, tied with Roger Federer at 20.
- Rafa leads 19-8 head-to-head on clay.
- Rafa leads 10-7 in Grand Slam matches.
- Rafa also leads 7-2 at Roland Garros.
- Novak leads the head-to-head, 30-28.
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!