Roland Garros Final: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Stan Wawrinka?

Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka will meet in the Roland Garros final on Sunday afternoon.

It will be Rafa’s 22nd Grand Slam final overall, breaking a tie with Novak Djokovic for second behind Roger Federer’s 28.

If our champ wins the championship on Sunday, it’ll be his 15th at a major, breaking a tie with Pete Sampras for second behind Federer’s 18.

Rafa, who won the last of his French Opens in 2014, is bidding to become the first man to win 10 titles at a single Grand Slam.

Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning his semifinal tennis match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem at the Roland Garros 2017 French Open on June 9, 2017 in Paris (AFP Photo/FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT)

Date: June 11, 2017

Match time: 3 PM local time / 9 AM EDT –  New York, Montreal / 2 PM BST – United Kingdom / 3 PM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 11 PM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

Rafa on facing Stan:

I have been playing a great event. But Stan is playing unbelievable, no? It will be a super-hard final and I will need to play at my very best.

Stan on facing Rafa:

I think to play Rafa on clay in French Open in a final is probably the biggest challenge you can have in tennis. He’s the best player ever on clay. He’s going for his 10th Roland Garros, so it’s something really impressive, something tough.

It’s for sure going to be really difficult. But again, in the end of the day, it’s the final. The pressure is on both players. No one will go on the court thinking he has no pressure. We both want to win the title, and we both gonna give it all on the court.

  • The winner of today’s final will move up to No. 2, with the runner-up at No. 3, when the ATP rankings are updated on Monday 12 June.
  • Rafa is in 1st place on the list for the most Tour-level match-wins in 2017 (42-6). Thiem (34-13), Goffin (31-12).
  • Rafa is in 1st place on the list for most clay court wins in 2017 (23-1).
  • This is Rafa’s 22nd Grand Slam final. He has a 14-7 win-loss record in Grand Slam finals, going into today’s match.
  • Rafa is bidding to win his 53rd career clay court title at Roland Garros.
  • Rafa is through to the Roland Garros final without dropping a set for the 5th time in his career. He also reached the final here without dropping a set in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012. He went on to win the title without dropping a set in 2008 and 2010.
  • Rafa has played just 2 five-set matches at Roland Garros – he came back from 1-2 down to defeat John Isner in the 1st round in 2011 and also defeated Djokovic in 5 sets in the 2013 semifinals. He has a 19-9 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.
  • Rafa is the leading performer in Roland Garros history. He has a 78-2 win-loss record at Roland Garros, ahead of Federer (65-16), Djokovic (59-12) and Vilas (58-17).

Rafa has a 15-3 record against Wawrinka. Rafa has a 2-1 win-loss record against Wawrinka in Tour-level finals, with both of his 2 wins coming on clay. This is the 8th time the pair have met on clay. Rafa has a 6-1 win-loss record against Wawrinka on clay, with his only defeat coming at 2015 Rome-1000.
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Roland Garros SF: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Dominic Thiem?

On Friday, nine-time champion Rafael Nadal will face sixth seed Dominic Thiem for a place in the Roland Garros final.

Thiem is the only player to defeat Rafa on clay this season and sealed a return to the last four in Paris with a sensational 7-6(5), 6-3, 6-0 upset of defending champion Novak Djokovic.

Neither Rafa nor Thiem have dropped a set in reaching the last four, with our champ losing just 22 games through five matches.

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Date: June 9, 2017

Match time:  [UPDATED] Rafa is second on court Philippe Chatrier. Not before 3:30 PM local time / 9:30 AM EDT –  New York, Montreal / 2:30 PM BST – United Kingdom / 3:30 PM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 11:30 PM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

Rafa on playing Thiem:

Thiem is a tough player. I won in Barcelona, Madrid, and I lost to him in Rome. So either you play well and you advance to the next round or you lose and you’re out.

In Rome it was not a good day for me. I was not in a position to play well the way I wanted to. He put me in a difficult situation, so it’s up to me to avoid being put in uncomfortable situations.

He’s a very good player. He hits the ball very hard. He’s very powerful on both sides. Forehand, backhand, serve. These weapons are quite good. He has a huge potential to tap, and he can hit the ball very hard. He doesn’t give you a lot of options.

Thiem on playing Rafa:

I think on Friday is coming the toughest opponent ever here in Roland Garros. Gonna be the fourth match against him in, like, five or six weeks. Not really big secrets. Well, he’s again in his best shape. So it’s going be the toughest match that you can imagine.

Since the beginning of 2016, they’ve faced off five times (all on clay), with Rafa winning three and Thiem two. It was the Austrian who emerged victorious in their last meeting, however, winning 6-4 6-3 in Rome three weeks ago.

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[UPDATED] Roland Garros QF: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Pablo Carreno Busta?

Rafael Nadal and Pablo Carreno Busta will be facing each other for the fourth time in their careers when they meet in the quarterfinals of the French Open on Wednesday.

Date: June 7, 2017

Match time: 11 AM local time / 5 AM EDT –  New York, Montreal / 10 AM BST – United Kingdom / 11 AM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 7 PM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

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Rafa has the edge over the friend and fellow countryman Pablo, with a 3-0 head-to-head record.

Pablo on playing Rafa:

It is really difficult, because Rafa is maybe the best player on this surface in history, and he’s playing really well. But I will try. I’m playing well, with a lot of confidence.

  • Rafa is bidding to become the first man in the Open Era to reach 10 semifinals in Paris
  • If he defeats Carreno Busta, Rafa will become just the 5th man in the Open
    Era to reach 10 semifinals at a single Grand Slam event
  • By reaching the quarterfinals, Rafa and Carreno Busta have guaranteed Spanish representation in the semifinals here for the first time since 2014 when Rafa went on to win his 9th Roland Garros title.
  • Rafa has a 13-0 win-loss record against his fellow Spanish players at Roland Garros and a 20-3 win-loss record against Spaniards at the Grand Slams overall. His only defeats to Spanish players at the majors came
    against David Ferrer at both the 2007 US Open and the 2011 Australian Open, and Fernando Verdasco at the 2016 Australian Open.
  • Rafa is looking to record his 22nd clay court match-win of the season, while Carreno Busta is aiming for his 21st.
  • Rafa has not lost a clay court match to a player ranked as low as No. 21 today’s opponent since falling No. 45 Pablo Cuevas in the semifinals at 2016 Rio de Janeiro.
  • Rafa and Carreno Busta won a doubles title together at 2016 Beijing, defeating Jack Sock/Bernard Tomic in the final.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

Source: ITF 

Roland Garros R4: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Roberto Bautista Agut?

Nine-time Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal and his countryman Roberto Bautista Agut will be going head-to-head for the second time in their careers on Sunday.

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Date: June 4, 2017

Match time: Rafa is second on court Suzzane Lenglen. Around 1 PM local time / 7 AM EDT –  New York, Montreal / noon BST – United Kingdom / 1 PM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 9 PM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

Rafa is 75-2 at Roland Garros and is five match wins away from 850 career victories (845-180 mark). Rafa takes a 20-1 record on clay this season into this clash and has claimed the pair’s only prior meeting in Madrid.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

Roland Garros R3: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Nikoloz Basilashvili?

Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal and Nikoloz Basilashvili will be squaring off for the first time in their careers when they battle for a place in the fourth round of the French Open on Friday.

Date: June 2, 2017

Match time: Rafa is second on court Philippe Chatrier. Around 1 PM local time / 7 AM EDT –  New York, Montreal / noon BST – United Kingdom / 1 PM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 9 PM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

AFP PHOTO / Eric FEFERBERG

This marks Rafa’s first-ever meeting with Nikoloz Basilashvili, who reached the third round at Roland Garros for the first time by defeating Viktor Troicki 7-6(3), 7-6(2), 7-6(6). The Georgian, currently No. 63, reached a career high No. 53 earlier this year after a brilliant patch during which he reached the semi-finals in Sofia and Lyon, and the final in Memphis.

Rafa on playing Tblisi native Basilashvili:

The opponent is always dangerous because this is Roland Garros. I need to focus on winning. There are days where things go well and other days when things don’t go so well. But when I walk onto the court, I work for every point and have deep respect for all of my opponents.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

Source: ATP World Tour

Roland Garros R2: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Robin Haase?

On Wednesday May 31st, nine-time champion Rafael Nadal continues his Roland Garros campaign with a second round match against flat-hitting Dutchman Robin Haase.

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Date: May 31, 2017

Match time: Rafa is third on court Philippe Chatrier. Around 1:30 PM local time / 7:30 AM EDT –  New York, Montreal / 12:30 PM BST – United Kingdom / 1:30 PM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 9:30 PM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

Rafa on playing Haase, who once pushed him hard at Wimbledon:

He is a player I know very well and he knows me very well, he is a dangerous opponent.

He hits the ball very hard so I need to be very focused on the serve because returning can be tough.

I need to play solid and try to be ready to play a tough match.

Rafa leads Haase 2-0 in their lifetime head-to-head.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

Roland Garros R1: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Benoit Paire?

Rafael Nadal will open his French Open campaign against Frenchman Benoit Paire (No. 45) on Monday.

Date: May 29, 2017

Match time: Around 12.30 PM local time / 6.30 AM EDT –  New York, Montreal / 11.30 AM BST – United Kingdom / 12.30 PM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 8.30 PM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Rafa on playing Paire:

He is not an opponent you want to play against in the first round. A player with big talent. Great serve, great hands. Fantastic backhand, no? He is a dangerous opponent. Yeah, that’s it. I need to play my best.

Rafa leads Paire 2-0 in their lifetime head-to-head, with both wins coming in straight sets on clay (2013 Madrid, 2013 Barcelona).

Rafa in 2017:

  • Titles (3): Monte-Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid
  • Finals (3): Australian Open, Acapulco, Miami
  • Clay record: 17-1
  • Season record: 36-6
  • Year starting rank: 9
  • Current ranking: 4

More stats:

  • This is Rafa’s 13th successive Roland Garros and his 48th appearance at a major.
  • Rafa has a 95-2 win-loss record in best-of-five-set matches on clay. His only defeats came at Roland Garros – in the round of 16 in 2009 (l. Robin Soderling) and the quarterfinals in 2015 (l. Novak Djokovic).
  • Rafa is the leading performer in Roland Garros history. He enters the tournament with a 72-2 win-loss record at Roland Garros, ahead of Roger Federer (65-16) and Guillermo Vilas (58-17).
  • Rafa is one of only 2 players to have won multiple clay court titles this year along with Alexander Zverev.
  • Rafa is bidding to win his 53rd career clay court title at Roland Garros. By winning his 50th clay court title at Monte Carlo-1000, he set an Open Era record for the most career clay court titles ahead of Guillermo Vilas (49).

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

Source: ITF