Shanghai Masters Final: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Roger Federer?

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will be facing each other for the 38th time in their careers and for the fourth time already this season when they battle for the Shanghai title on Sunday.

Our champ is appearing in an ATP World Tour-best ninth final of the season (6-3) and the 111th in his career (75-35).

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Date: 15 October 2017

Match time: 4.30 PM local time / 4.30 AM EDT – New York, Montreal / 9.30 AM BST – United Kingdom / 10.30 AM CEST – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 7.30 PM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

According to ATP World Tour, Federer is seeking a second Shanghai crown (2014), whileRafa is vying for his first, having previously finished runner-up in 2009. A victory will almost guarantee that Rafa closes the year with the No. 1 ATP Ranking for the fourth time, as he would own a 2,760-point lead over Federer.

Rafa leads the overall head-to-head series 23-13. Our champ is 14-9 in final meetings and owns a 12-6 advantage in ATP Masters 1000 tournaments (7-4 in finals). It is their first encounter on Asian soil since the 2007 ATP Finals, when the tournament was held in Shanghai. Federer took a straight-set semi-final clash.

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Shanghai Masters SF: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Marin Cilic?

On Saturday, Rafael Nadal will play his semi-final match at the Shanghai Masters against fourth seed Marin Cilic.

Our champ is chasing a seventh title in a brilliant season and a hat-trick of triumphs on the hard courts, having been crowned US Open and China Open champion in recent weeks.

Match time: 4.30 PM local time / 4.30 AM EDT – New York, Montreal / 9.30 AM BST – United Kingdom / 10.30 AM CEST – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 7.30 PM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

Rafa on playing Cilic:

He always is very dangerous opponent, and I think this surface, this court helps him. It’s a very fast court. He’s able to go for the shots from the baseline. It will be a tough one. I know that I need to be very focused with my serve again, and I need to play aggressive and don’t let him play from comfortable positions. If not, I will be almost dead because he is going to go for the shots.

Rafa holds an 4-1 lead in his head-to-head series with Cilic, including victories in their past four meetings. Cilic beat our champ 6-1, 6-3 in Beijing way back in 2009.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

Shanghai Masters QF: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Grigor Dimitrov?

Rafael Nadal and Grigor Dimitrov will be going head-to-head for the tenth time in their careers when they clash in the quarterfinals of Shanghai Masters on Friday.

Date: 13 October 2017

Match time: Around 2.30 PM local time / 2.30 AM EDT – New York, Montreal / 7.30 AM BST – United Kingdom / 8.30 AM CEST – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 5.30 PM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

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Rafa on playing Grigor:

I gonna have a tough match against Grigor. I know I have to play my best if I want to keep having chances of success. I hope to be ready to do it, because I am playing well.

Rafa has won 9 of 10 meetings with Grigor, including a 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 triumph in the Beijing semifinals last weekend. Grigor’s only career victory over Rafa came last year in Shanghai.  Continue reading “Shanghai Masters QF: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Grigor Dimitrov?”

Shanghai Masters R3: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Fabio Fognini?

On Thursday, Rafael Nadal will play world No. 28 Fabio Fognini for a place in the last eight at the Shanghai Masters.

The Italian player has been issued today with a suspended ban from participating at two Grand Slams for his unacceptable behaviour at this year’s US Open. He will be forced to sit out two Grand Slams, one of which must be the US Open, if he commits another significant offence at a Grand Slam before the end of 2019.

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Date: 12 October 2017

Match time: 6 PM local time / 6 AM EDT – New York, Montreal / 11 AM BST – United Kingdom /noon CEST – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 9 PM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

Our champ is 4-1 against Fabio on hard courts and 4-0 overall in their last four since Fabio pulled off a five-set upset at the US Open two years ago.

Rafa leads their overall head-to-head 9-3, winning their two 2017 meetings in Miami and Madrid.  Continue reading “Shanghai Masters R3: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Fabio Fognini?”

Shanghai Masters R2: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Jared Donaldson?

Rafael Nadal begins his Shanghai Masters campaign on Wednesday when he takes on world No. 56 Jared Donaldson in the second round. The pair will be going head-to-head for the first time in their careers.

Date: 11 October 2017

Match time: 6 PM local time / 6 AM EDT – New York, Montreal / 11 AM BST – United Kingdom /noon CEST – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 9 PM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

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Donaldson on playing Rafa:

You want to play against the best and see how your game stacks up. Playing against someone like Rafa is really special. If I lose, it will allow me to know what was my game is lacking.

According to ATP World Tour, Rafa has played at every edition of the Shanghai Rolex Masters except 2012. He is 12-7 at the tournament, posting his best finish as runner-up at the inaugural event in 2009 (l. to Davydenko).

Our champ is making his third Shanghai appearance as the top player in the world (2010 3rd Round and 2013 Semi-finalist).

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

China Open Final: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Nick Kyrgios in Beijing?

Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios will be going head-to-head for the fourth time in their careers when they battle for the China Open title on Sunday.

Rafa is seeking to lift the trophy in the Chinese capital for the first time in 12 years. The 2005 champion also finished runner-up on two subsequent occasions, to Novak Djokovic in both 2013 and 2015.

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Date: 8 October 2017

Match time: Rafa is third match on National Tennis Stadium. Not before 7.30 PM local time / 7.30 AM EDT – New York, Montreal / 12.30 PM BST – United Kingdom / 1.30 PM CEST – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 10.30 PM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

Rafa:

I’m very happy to be in the final again.

Another chance tomorrow to compete in a big match. That’s important for me. That’s why we practise every day and try to improve.

Nick on playing Rafa:

He’s one of the greatest players of all time and we’ve played a couple of times, he’s beaten me and I’ve beaten him. Hopefully tomorrow’s going to be another good match.

Rafa and Nick have split four career meetings with the 22-year-old Australian scoring a 6-2, 7-5 triumph in their most recent encounter in Cincinnati.  Continue reading “China Open Final: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Nick Kyrgios in Beijing?”

China Open SF: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Grigor Dimitrov in Beijing?

On Saturday, top seed and 2005 champion Rafael Nadal will face world No. 8 Grigor Dimitrov for a spot in the China Open final.

Date: 7 October 2017

Match time: Rafa is third match on National Tennis Stadium. Not before 4.30 PM local time / 4.30 AM EDT – New York, Montreal / 9.30 AM BST – United Kingdom / 10.30 AM CEST – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 7.30 PM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

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Rafa on playing Dimitrov:

“He is a player that I really like, a good friend on the tour. He’s a great guy. I think Grigor is a player always with a great attitude, with a positive character. I’m happy for him that he’s having a good year. Tomorrow will be a tough one, for sure.

Rafa and Grigor have met on nine previous occasions – of which our champ has won eight- but the Bulgarian’s only victory over the world number one came in the Beijing quarter-finals last year.  Continue reading “China Open SF: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Grigor Dimitrov in Beijing?”