Cincinnati R3: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Albert Ramos-Vinolas?

Due to bad weather, play has been cancelled. The play will take place on Friday as scheduled below. Rafa might have to play two matches if he wins in the afternoon. 

A quarterfinal spot will be up for grabs when Rafael Nadal and Albert Ramos-Vinolas square off in Cincinnati on Friday. This match is a rematch of the Monte Carlo final, which Rafa won 6-1, 6-3.

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Date: 18 August 2017

Match time: 1 PM local time / 1 PM EDT –  New York, Montreal / 6 PM BST – United Kingdom / 7 PM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / Saturday 9 AM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website. Rafa’s potential second match of the day won’t start before 9 PM local time and he might play the winner of Karlovic/Kyrgios.

Rafa on facing Ramos-Vinolas:

Tomorrow another tough match against, you know, against Albert. I know him very well. He knows me very well. Going to be a tough one. I hope to be ready to play well.

Rafa has won both previous meetings in straight sets against the fellow Spanish left-hander, in 2013-14 Barcelona and this year in Monte-Carlo.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

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Cincinnati R2: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Richard Gasquet?

Top seed Rafael Nadal begins his Cincinnati Masters campaign on Wednesday when he takes on Richard Gasquet in the second round. The Frenchman took down Australian qualifier John-Patrick Smith 6-4, 6-4.

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Date: 16 August 2017

Match time: Not before 8:30 PM local time / 8:30 PM EDT –  New York, Montreal / Thursday 1:30 AM BST – United Kingdom / Thursday 2:30 AM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / Thursday 10:30 AM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

Rafa on facing Gasquet:

I have been playing great. I think I am practising well, too. I think I am ready to compete.

The numbers do not look good for Gasquet because Rafa has won 14 straight matches against the Frenchman and has not lost a set to him since 2008. Their last meeting came in 2015 at the Swiss Indoors Basel.

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Rogers Cup R3: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Denis Shapovalov in Montreal?

Rafael Nadal will face 18-year-old Denis Shapovalov in the third round of Rogers Cup on Thursday. This is their first meeting.

Shapovalov, who just recently embarked on his professional career, is currently ranked No. 143. With his win over Juan Martin del Potro, Shapovalov became the youngest player to reach the round of 16 of a Master Series tournament since Rafa in 2004 at Miami.

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Date: August 10, 2017 (Thursday)

Match time: Around 8:30 PM local time / 8:30 PM EDT –  New York / Friday, 1:30 AM BST – United Kingdom / Friday, 2:30 AM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / Friday, 10:30 AM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

Rafa on playing Shapovalov:

He’s a great opponent. He is an aggressive player. He is young, he has a lot of energy. I’m sure that he will be confident after winning the first match, saving a big match against Dutra Silva, and today winning against one of the best players of the world.

It’s going to be a good match. The crowd is great here, it will not be a problem to play against a Canadian.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

When does Rafael Nadal play his first Rogers Cup match in Montreal?

World number 55 Borna Coric is Rafael Nadal’s first round opponent in Montreal.

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Date: August 9, 2017 (Wednesday)

Match time: 6:30 PM local time / 6:30 PM EDT –  New York / 11:30 PM BST – United Kingdom / Thursday, 12:30 AM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / Thursday, 8:30 AM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

Rafa has enjoyed plenty of success before in Canada, winning here in 2005, 2008 and 2013. He is making his 11th appearance at Coupe Rogers, where he is 28-7 overall and 18-4 in Montreal.

The 20-year-old Croatian has a 2-1 lead in his FedEx ATP Head2Head series against Rafa, with their last meeting coming in August 2016 at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

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Wimbledon R4: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Gilles Muller?

Two-time champion Rafael Nadal faces his first serious test at Wimbledon 2017 when he meets left-hander Gilles Muller in the last 16 on Monday. The 16th seed, from Luxembourg, has won more matches (10) than any other player on grass this season. This is Rafa’s 36th appearance in the second week of a major, compared to three for Muller.

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Date: July 10, 2017

Match time: Rafa is second on No. 1 Court. Around  3 PM local time / 10 AM EDT –  New York, Montreal / 4 PM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / midnight AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

Rafa on playing Muller:

He’s one of the toughest opponents possible on this surface especially. It’s his best surface without a doubt. He has a great serve, a great volley. He play well from the baseline here.

So yeah, he’s a tough, tough opponent. At the same time we are in the round of 16. You cannot expect to have an easy opponents. So it is a very tough one because he played a lot on grass this year. Let’s see if I am amble to keep playing well.

  • Rafa is bidding to reach the quarterfinals here for the first time since he finished runner-up in 2011.
  • Rafa is facing a Top 30 opponent at Wimbledon for the first time since falling to No. 2 Djokovic in the 2011 final. Since then, he has faced just 3 Top 30 players on grass – defeating No. 24 Bernard Tomic, No. 16 Gael Monfils and No. 28 Viktor Troicki en route to winning the title at 2015 Stuttgart.
  • Rafa has won 28 consecutive completed sets at the Grand Slams – equalling his own longest-streak of consecutive completed sets won, which stretched from the quarterfinals at 2010 Wimbledon through to the final at the 2010 US Open. Nadal has not dropped a set at a Grand Slam since falling to Roger Federer in 5 sets in the Australian Open Final.
  • Rafa is also bidding to reach 3 straight Grand Slam quarterfinals for the first time since 2013-14 – when he won the title at the 2013 US Open, reached the final at the 2014 Australian Open and won the title at 2014 Roland Garros.

Muller beat Rafa at the All England Club in 2005, but Rafa got one back in 2011. Our champ has an overall 5-1 record against the big-serving man from Luxembourg. Continue reading “Wimbledon R4: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Gilles Muller?”

Wimbledon R3: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Karen Khachanov?

Rafael Nadal will face 21-year-old Karen Khachanov in the third round of Wimbledon on Friday. This is their first meeting, although the pair have practiced together in the past.

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Date: July 7, 2017

Match time: Rafa is second on Center Court. Around  2:30 PM local time / 9:30 AM EDT –  New York, Montreal / 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 Khachanov:

He’s a great player in all aspects; good serve, good forehand, good backhand, a lot of power.

He’s very strong, as all the young players. And he’s a good worker.

So yeah, he like this sport, so he has a great future. Hopefully not after tomorrow.

  • Rafa  is bidding to reach the round of 16 here for just the 2nd time since he finished runner-up in 2011.
  • Rafa has a 45-6 win-loss record at Tour-level in 2017, putting him in first place on the list for most Tour-level matchwins this year – ahead of Dominic Thiem (37-15) and Alexander Zverev (35-12).
  • Rafa is bidding to win Roland Garros and Wimbledon in the same year for the 3rd time and equal Bjorn Borg’s all-time record of 3 back-to-back titles in Paris and London. Borg achieved the feat in 3 consecutive years (1978-80), while Rafa won Roland Garros and Wimbledon back-to-back in 2008 and 2010.
  • Rafa is looking to win his 16th Grand Slam title and, at 31 years 43 days, become the 2nd oldest player in the Open Era to win 16 Grand Slam titles after Serena Williams, who was 31 years 255 days when she won her 16th
    title at 2013 Roland Garros.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

Wimbledon R2: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Donald Young?

Rafael Nadal will look to move step closer to a third Wimbledon title on Wednesday when he takes on world number 43 Donald Young. The American booked his place in the second round after opponent Denis Istomin retired injured.

Rafa has a 99-14 career record against fellow left-handers.

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Date: July 5, 2017

Match time: Rafa is third on Center Court. Around  6 PM local time / 1 PM EDT –  New York, Montreal / 7 PM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / Thursday 3 AM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

Rafa on facing fellow left-hander Donald Young:

Well, he’s an aggressive player. He’s a player that plays quick, hits the ball so quick. Sometimes he’s able to play at a very, very high level. Is a dangerous opponent, no? Is a lefty, too, so that makes a big difference.

Rafa has won both meetings with Donald without dropping a set. Donald Young has beaten only three top-10 players in his career: Gael Monfils, Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych.

  • Rafa has a 40-9 win-loss record here, which puts him in 4th
    place among active players on the list for most match-wins at Wimbledon.
  • He has a 44-6 win-loss record at Tour-level in 2017, putting him in first place on the list for most Tour-level match-wins this year – ahead of Dominic Thiem (35-15) and Alexander Zverev (33-12).

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!