Miami Open QF: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Jack Sock?

Rafael Nadal celebrates defeating Nicolas Mahut of France at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 28, 2017 in Key Biscayne, Florida. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)

On Wednesday, No. 5 seed Rafael Nadal will play his quarter-final match at the Miami Open against world No. 17 Jack Sock, who eliminated Jared Donaldson, 6-2, 6-1, in 62 minutes.

Date: March 29, 2017

Match time: Not before 9 PM local time / 9 PM EDT –  New York, Montreal /  Thursday 2 AM BST – United Kingdom / Thursday 3 AM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / Thursday noon AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

Rafa leads the overall head to head 2-0, but Sock has taken a set off Rafa in both their previous meetings.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

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PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal beats Nicolas Mahut to reach last eight in Miami

Rafael Nadal advanced to the quarter-finals of the Miami Open following a routine straight set win over Nicolas Mahut on Tuesday.

Rafa was simply too good for Mahut, taking never facing a breakpoint in his 6-4, 7-6(4) win on the hard courts of Miami.

Rafa put together a near perfect display, notching up 26 winners and just 11 unforced errors and was easily able to counter Mahut’s serve and volley game plan.

The opening set was a tight one, with neither earning a breakpoint until the ninth game, where an error gave Rafa an opportunity. Rafa did not need a second invitation and broke to go 5-4 up, after which he served out the set in dominant fashion.

The second set unfolded in a similar vein, with the duo swapping service games until the tiebreaker. But as per usual, Rafa was superb in the big moments and moved to a 5-2 lead before taking the set and the match.

Rafa will face rising star Jack Sock in the quarter-finals.

Source: Fox News

WATCH: Rafael Nadal Reflects on His Long Tennis Career

Rafael Nadal talks about his comeback win against German Philipp Kohlschreiber and playing his 1,000th career match at the Miami Open.

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal enjoys a win in his 1000th career match

Rafael Nadal celebrated his 1,000th tour level match with a come-from-behind victory over German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber to reach the fourth round of the Miami Open on Sunday.

World number 31 Kohlschreiber was on fire early, ripping through the first set in only 21 minutes but Rafa flipped the switch and turned the match on its head to prevail 0-6 6-2 6-3 on the main stadium hard court at Crandon Park.

It was the first time Rafa had failed to win a game in the first set of an ATP tour match since 2008, the ATP said.

Rafa ignited the near-capacity crowd with a typically determined comeback to clinch his 822nd career victory. He joins a small group of 11 players headed by Jimmy Connors (1,535) to have played at least 1,000 matches.

One thousand matches is a lot of matches. Obviously that’s good news because that says I am having a long career. During a lot of years, I heard that I’m going to have a short career, so it’s something important for me. I remember the first match very well because it was at home in Mallorca. It was my first victory on the ATP and was a great feeling.

Rafa said he had not done much wrong in the first set against an opponent who was in the zone.

He was doing everything good, so that’s sport. I lose the set because he was playing too good. That’s it. But a match is long and the positive thing is I held the pressure well this afternoon after a very tough first set. I resisted well in the first few games of the second set and then I think I played a great second and third set.

Source: Reuters

Rafael Nadal is looking forward to clay-court season, but says his job is not done yet in Miami

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates his win over Dudi Sela of Israel during the Miami Open at the Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 24, 2017 in Key Biscayne, Florida. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Transcript of Rafael Nadal’s presser after the Sela match.

Q. Congratulations. Talk about the conditions. The winds were crazy for a while. Talk about the conditions from the beginning of the match to the end.
RAFAEL NADAL: Yes, difficult to play this afternoon no? Been a very tough and long day for everyone I think. Rain delay a couple of times and then the wind was very, very high, no?

So difficult to find the right feelings this afternoon, but is these kind of days what you have to do is try to win. That’s what I did, and I am very happy with that.

Q. This is a tournament you’ve had great results for finals but haven’t taken the trophy yet. With Carlos Moya on board, is there a new strategy to play more aggressive from the baseline?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don’t think so, no? I think it’s always good thing to have Carlos on the bench. Having Carlos is a positive thing for me and for the rest of team, too. We are all excited about it, and he is coming with big motivation.

But I was close enough four times in my career. I going to try to give me more chances during this year and during the next couple years.

But this tournament is a tough tournament and anything can happen. I think I had a good week of practice, so I need it play good on the competition now to try to have success.

Q. I know you always get asked about your results here, your history here. When you look back at your results collectively, is there a sense of frustration because you’ve been so close or a sense of satisfaction because you’ve been so close?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, I don’t think a lot about that, no? I think I was four times in the final. Probably I should win the first one.  Continue reading “Rafael Nadal is looking forward to clay-court season, but says his job is not done yet in Miami”

Miami Open R3: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Philipp Kohlschreiber?

On Sunday, No. 5 seed and four-time Miami Open finalist Rafael Nadal will play the 1,000th match of his career in the third round against Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Date: March 26, 2017

Match time: Around 5 PM local time / 5 PM EDT –  New York, Montreal /  10 PM BST – United Kingdom / 11 PM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / Monday 8 AM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

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Rafa has won 13 of 14 meetings with the German, who defeated our champ the only time on grass in 2012 Halle.

This is Rafa’s 1,000th career ATP World Tour level singles match (821-178). He is the 11th player in the Open Era (since 1968) to reach this milestone.

Kohlschreiber is trying to break an eight-match losing streak vs. Top 10 opponents since his win over No. 7 Berdych (ret.) in Davis Cup 1R tie in March 2016.

Here are the matches they have played against each other:  Continue reading “Miami Open R3: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Philipp Kohlschreiber?”

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal beats Dudi Sela to race into third round of Miami Open

(AP) – Rafael Nadal’s first fist pump Friday followed his second point in the Miami Open, when he kissed a forehand off the sideline to win a long rally.

He accompanied the celebratory gesture with a skip in his step and then hit the accelerator, holding every service game to beat Dudi Sela 6-3, 6-4.

Thus began Rafa’s latest bid to win Key Biscayne.

“A lot of big motivation,” he said.

He is playing the tournament for the 13th time and has never won it, although he was the runner-up in 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2014. At 0-for-12, it’s Rafa’s longest drought at any event and perhaps the most glaring gap in the 14-time Grand Slam champion’s resume.

Does it bug him? He won’t admit to any frustration but let slip that he still remembers the exact score when he was two points from the title in the third set versus Novak Djokovic.

That was six years ago.

“Against Novak — 6-5, 15-30,” Rafa said. “It didn’t happen.”

The Spaniard has always enjoyed the atmosphere in Miami, where Latin fans give him enthusiastic support, and he likes the tournament’s hard courts. He’s simply overdue.

“I’m trying my best every year,” Rafa told the stadium crowd after dispatching Sela. “I’ve been very close four times. I will try to give myself another chance.”

Source: AP