Rome Masters Final: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Alexander Zverev?

Seven-time champion Rafael Nadal and defending champion Alexander Zverev will meet for the fifth time when they face off in the men’s singles final at the 2018 Italian Open in Rome.

The German player recovered from an early break in the second set to beat Marin Cilic 7-6(13), 6-4. He is aiming for his third title in three weeks after lifting trophies in Munich and Madrid.

Date: May 20, 2018

Match time: Not before 4 PM local time / 10 AM EDT –  New York, Montreal / 3 PM BST – United Kingdom / 4 PM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / midnight AEST – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

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Rafa:

It will be a tough one. Sascha is playing great, winning a lot of matches in a row. Tomorrow I need to be ready to keep playing my best and that’s what I’m going to try.

Sascha:

I’m definitely not the favourite in this matchup, but I’ll be ready for it and I’ll do everything I can to recover. We’ll see how it goes tomorrow.

We’ve had some very tough matches. In Indian Wells, I lost with a match point and in Australia we went five sets. Obviously we had some great battles and I’ve always enjoyed playing him. He’s the greatest of all time on clay, but hopefully I can prepare the best I can for tomorrow.

Rafa leads the head-to-head against the German 4-0, and has won all five of the sets they’ve contested on clay, including a three-set victory in a Davis Cup quarter-final between Spain and Germany earlier this year.

Rafa is the best clay-courter of the Open Era with a 407-36 record (.919), and he improved his record in Rome semi-finals to 10-0 with a straight-set win over his most frequent opponent Novak Djokovic on Saturday.

The King of Clay currently holds the record for the most ATP Masters 1000 titles (31, one more than second-place Djokovic) and will be looking for a 32nd against Zverev.

Rafa, who won both Monte-Carlo and Barcelona for the 11th time each this year, needs to win the Masters title to reclaim the world number one spot from Roger Federer.

Good luck & Vamos Rafa!

Source: ATP World Tour

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Rome Masters SF: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Novak Djokovic?

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will meet for the 51st time on Saturday, with a spot in the Rome Masters final on the line.

Date: May 19, 2018

Match time: 2.30 PM local time / 8.30 AM EDT –  New York, Montreal / 1.30 PM BST – United Kingdom / 2.30 PM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 10.30 PM AEST – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

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Rafa:

To be honest, I prefer not to play against Djokovic. He is one of the best in history, no doubt.

I am not like those players who say ‘yes, I want to measure myself with him’.

If I have to face him, then I give my best to win as I have always done in my career, but obviously, you prefer to have easier opponents than a great player like Novak.

Nole on facing Rafa:

I have to embrace it and have to give everything I’ve got.

This is what I work for, to get to the later stages of events. I haven’t had this kind of feeling for a while.

It’s been a year since I’ve played the semi-finals, the last one was here so I like the conditions and I get a nice support here, so hopefully I’ll be able to play my best tennis.

With his three triumphs this week Rafa is now 17-1 on clay in 2018 and 21-2 overall.

Nole holds a 26-24 record against Rafa, with the pair locked at 3-3 in Rome. Our champ won their last encounter, snapping a seven-match losing streak against the Serb to reach the 2017 Mutua Madrid Open final.

Rafa is the best clay-courter of the Open Era with a 406-36 record (.919). However, he’s 15-7 with three losses in his last four matches against Djokovic on clay (.682). No other man owns more than three clay-court wins over Rafa. Gaston Gaudio beat him three times on clay before the Spaniard turned 19. Dominic Thiem earned his third clay-court victory over Rafa in Madrid on 11 May.

The No. 1 and No. 11 seeds have split six prior match-ups at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia and Rafa owns a 9-8 advantage in semi-finals. They have met at all four Grand Slams, the ATP Finals, Davis Cup, the Olympic Games and eight of the nine ATP Masters 1000 events (all but Shanghai). Djokovic is 16-10 with five wins in his last six matches against Rafa at ATP Masters 1000 events.

Rafa began their rivalry with a 14-4 lead, but Djokovic has claimed 11 of their last 13 meetings since losing the 2013 US Open final. Should Rafa win his eighth Rome title, he will return to No. 1 in the ATP Rankings on 21 May. If Rafa loses to the four-time champion Djokovic or in the championship match on Sunday, Roger Federer will remain World No. 1 through at least 24 June.

Good luck & Vamos Rafa!

Source: ATP World Tour

Rome Masters QF: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Fabio Fognini?

On Friday, Rafael Nadal will continue his 2018 Internazionali BNL d’Italia campaign.

The King of Clay will play his third match in Rome against Fabio Fognini, who recovered from a 2-4 deficit in the first set – by winning five straight games – en route to a 6-4, 6-4 third-round victory over Peter Gojowczyk.

Date: May 18, 2018

Match time: Noon local time / 6 AM  EDT –  New York, Montreal / 11 AM BST – United Kingdom / Noon CEST – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 8 PM AEST – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

Rafa on playing Fognini:

It’ll be a match against a great player, with a lot of talent.

I know I have to play well, to keep having chances and keep going in the tournament. I hope to be ready to make that happen, to play at the right level and to be competitive.

They have played 13 times and Rafa has won 10 of those meetings. Fognini earned three victories in 2015 (twice on clay in Rio de Janeiro and Barcelona prior to a five-set upset at the U.S. Open), but Rafa won five times in a row (including at three Masters 1000 tournaments last year). Rafa is also 5-2 against Fognini on clay court.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

Source: ATP World Tour

Rome Masters R3: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Denis Shapovalov?

Rafael Nadal and Denis Shapovalov will be going head-to-head for the second time in their careers when they clash during third-round action at the Rome Masters on Thursday afternoon.

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Date: May 17, 2018

Match time: Rafa is third match on Centrale Court, meaning that he should be in action sometime around 4 PM local time / 10 AM EDT –  New York, Montreal / 3 PM BST – United Kingdom / 4 PM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / midnight AEST – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

Shapovalov won their only previous encounter in three sets last summer on the hard courts in Montreal. The 19-year-old Canadian is ranked a career-high No. 29, up 114 spots from 10 August when he defeated Rafa.

The Canadian teenager is 7-4 on clay this year, including a run to the semifinals at Madrid. His only ATP-level experience on clay prior to this season was a first-round qualifying loss at the French Open.

Rafa has won a record seven Rome titles, but none since 2013. The Internazionali BNL d’Italia is the only clay-court event where he has made four consecutive appearances without a title.

Aiming for his 78th career title, Rafa is playing for his first Rome final since he bowed to Novak Djokovic, 4–6, 6–3, 6–3, in the 2014 final.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

Source: ATP World Tour

Rome Masters R2: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Damir Dzumhur?

Top seed and seven-time former champion Rafael Nadal will play his first match at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome on Wednesday against Damir Dzumhur.

Date: May 16, 2018

Match time: Rafa is second match on Centrale Court. Around 2 PM local time / 8 AM  EDT –  New York, Montreal / 1 PM BST – United Kingdom / 2 PM CEST – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 10 PM AEST – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

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Rafa and Damir will meet for the third time (tied 1-1). Our champ won the match earlier this year in Melbourne and the Bosnian player won the match two years ago in Miami.

Rafa is 14-1 in matches and 30-2 in sets on clay this year with his 11th MonteCarlo and 11th Barcelona titles.

Our champ has won the Rome title a record seven times, but not since 2013. He lost in the quarter-finals in 2015, 2016 and 2017 after falling to Djokovic in the 2014 final. Rome is the only clay-court event where Rafa has made four consecutive appearances without a title.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

Source: ATP World Tour

Madrid Open QF: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Dominic Thiem?

Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem will be squaring off for the ninth time in their careers when they clash in the Madrid Open quarterfinals on Friday. The Austrian battled back from a set and a break down to beat Croatian Borna Coric 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-4.

Date: May 11, 2018

Match time: Rafa is third match on Manolo Santana Court. Not before 5 PM local time / 11 AM EDT –  New York, Montreal / 4 PM BST – United Kingdom / 5 PM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 1 AM AEST – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

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Rafa on playing Thiem:

Very tough match. Especially here on this surface and even more in altitude. His bounces and topspin are very high and difficult to control.

I need to be ready for tomorrow. It will be a very tough match to play but it’s a good opportunity to play against one of the best players of the world.

Rafa and Thiem met in last year’s Madrid final, which Rafa won, and tour champ leads their Head2Head series 6-2.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

Source: ATP World Tour

Mardid Open R3: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Diego Schwartzman?

On Thursday night, five-time champion Rafael Nadal will face Diego Schwartzman (No. 16) in the third round of the Mutua Madrid Open. The Argentinian beat Feliciano Lopez 7-5, 2-6, 6-2 in two hours and 21 minutes.

Date: May 10, 2018

Match time: 8 PM local time / 2 PM EDT –  New York, Montreal / 7 PM BST – United Kingdom / 8 PM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 4 AM AEST – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

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Rafa has won all four of their previous encounters.

The World No. 1 has won 20 matches and 48 sets in a row on clay. His 48-set streak is an Open Era record on clay and two shy of the mark on any surface. John McEnroe swept 49 straight sets on carpet in 1984, including 10 to win the Madrid Indoor Open.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

Source: ATP World Tour