Italian Open QF: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Dominic Thiem in Rome?

Rafael Nadal will continue his Rome campaign on Friday afternoon when he goes up against Dominic Thiem.

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Date: May 19, 2017

Match time: 4 PM local time / 10 AM EDT –  New York, Montreal / 3 PM BST – United Kingdom / 4 PM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / midnight AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

Rafa on playing Thiem for a third time in three weeks:

I am here to try my best. I know (it) is a tough tournament. I don’t have an easy draw here, a tough one. Dominic is the player that is having probably more success now on clay, no? So will be another tough battle tomorrow.

I think I can play a little bit more aggressive than what I did tonight. I think I have to do it.

Our champ is leading the head-to-head series 4-1 (all on clay) after beating the 23-year-old Austrian 7-6(8), 6-4 last week to lift the Madrid trophy.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

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Italian Open R3: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Jack Sock in Rome?

Seven-time champion Rafael Nadal and Jack Sock kick off the night session of Thursday’s play in Rome with Rafa looking for his 4th win over the American, who prevailed in a marathon 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(1) second-round battle over Jiri Vesely.

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Date: May 18, 2017

Match time: 7.30 PM local time / 1.30 pM EDT –  New York, Montreal / 6.30 PM BST – United Kingdom / 7.30 PM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / Friday  3.30 AM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

Rafa is 3-0 against Sock and our champ won their match in Miami last month, 6-2, 6-3. The American has taken a set from Rafa in both of their other meetings in 2015 (Roland Garros, Beijing).

This week Sock spent six hours and 12 minutes on court in Rome (including doubles) compared to 24 minutes for Rafa.

Rafa has only dropped two sets this spring (30-2) during his clay court streak. His seven Rome titles are a tournament record and he last held the crown in 2013.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

Source: ATP World Tour

Madrid Open SF: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Novak Djokovic?

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will face off in the Madrid Open semi-final on Saturday.

Date: May 13, 2017

Match time: 4 PM local time / 10 AM EDT –  New York, Montreal /  3 PM BST – United Kingdom / 4 PM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / midnight AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

Rafa on playing Nole:

It’s going to be a very tough match against one of the best players in tennis history. I know that to be able to have chances, I have to give 100 per cent. I have to play really well or I’m not going to have many chances. I think I’ve done my homework. Tomorrow is a day to try to give my best. Hopefully I’ll be ready for that.

According to ATP, this will be the 50th meeting between Rafa and Nole. The Serbian leads their rivalry 26-23 and has won their past seven matches, as well as their past three matches on clay.

Rafa leads Nole 14-7 in clay-court matches, but their rivalry on the surface has become much more even in recent years. The Spaniard won their first nine matches on clay before Nole picked up his maiden victory on the dirt in the 2011 Madrid final. Rafa won their only other meeting in Madrid, a 2009 semi-final battle that ended in a third-set tie-break. Their most recent meeting last year saw Nole prevail in the Rome quarter-finals.

  • Rafa passed Federer for No. 1 in Emirates ATP Race to London (4,095 to 4,045 points)
  • Owns 145-79 record against Top 10 opponents (5-6 since 2016 Madrid SF loss to No. 2 Murray)
  • Appearing in 10th Madrid SF and 63rd ATP Masters 1000 SF overall, with 15 runner-up finishes and 29 titles

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

Madrid Open QF: What time does Rafael Nadal play against David Goffin?

This afternoon Rafael Nadal will face No. 9 seed David Goffin for just the second time, having beaten the Belgian 6-3, 6-1 in the Monte-Carlo semi-finals on April 22.

Date: May 12, 2017

Match time: 4 PM local time / 10 AM EDT –  New York, Montreal /  3 PM BST – United Kingdom / 4 PM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / midnight AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

Rafa on playing Goffin:

I’m expecting a tough match. It’s going to be against one of the best players. He’s very fit. I know that I have to play at my highest level, perhaps similar to today or even better. I think my backhand was good today and my forehand was there. I think I have some margin to do it even better tomorrow and step forward. Hopefully I will make it to the next round. Tomorrow is a day I have to be ready and give my best.

Rafa and Goffin lead all players in tour-level victories this season. Our champ is 12-0 on clay in 2017 and could become the first player to sweep the Barcelona, Roland Garros and three clay-court ATP Masters 1000 titles.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

Source: ATP World Tour

Madrid Open R3: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Nick Kyrgios?

On Thursday, four-time champion Rafael Nadal will face the big-serving Australian Nick Kyrgios (No. 20) in the third round of the Mutua Madrid Open.

Rafael Nadal of Spain in action during his match against Fabio Fognini of Italy on day five of the Mutua Madrid Open tennis at La Caja Magica on May 10, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (May 9, 2017 – Source: Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Date: May 11, 2017

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

Rafa on playing Kyrgios:

He’s a very difficult opponent. He’s one of the most difficult players you can play. It’s true that I think on clay he’s a very, very tough player… I have to play really well to be able to beat him. I think I’m ready to do that. We’ll see what happens tomorrow. I don’t know what’s going to happen.

Kyrgios beat Rafa at 2014 Wimbledon, but our champ got the better of Australian over three sets at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in May 2016.

Rafa is 30-5 on the season, which includes his 10th title at both the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters and the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. He has won a record 51 clay-court crowns overall.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

Source: ATP World Tour

Madrid Open R2: What times does Rafael Nadal play against Fabio Fognini?

Four-time champion Rafael Nadal will begin his Madrid Open campaign on Wednesday with a second round match against world number 29, Fabio Fognini.

Photo via Mutua Madrid Open

Date: May 10, 2017

Match time: Around 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 leads their overall head-to-head 8-3. He most recently prevailed in the Miami semi-finals.

Rafa has won four titles in the Spanish capital, with his most recent coming in 2014 when Kei Nishikori retired down 6-2, 4-6, 0-3 in the final. The past two years, Rafa has fallen to Andy Murray, in the 2015 final and in the semi-finals last year.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

Source: ATP World Tour

Barcelona Open Final: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Dominic Thiem?

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

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Date: April 30, 2017

Match time: 4 PM local time / 10 AM EDT –  New York, Montreal /  3 PM BST – United Kingdom / 4 PM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / midnight AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

Rafa on playing Thiem:

It’s not a surprise that Dominic is in the final. He is one of the best in the world, and he loves clay. At the beginning of the tournament, he was already one of the main favourites to be in the final.

He is a player with a lot of power. He imposes a lot on his shots, and if you let him be comfortable, it’s almost impossible to stop him. It’s going to be a difficult match, the type of match where either you play great or you won’t win.

Rafa leads their head-to-head 2-1 overall.

Rafa, who will be playing in his 106th career final, has won Barcelona crowns in 2005-09, 2011-13 and 2016. He is 19-1 in his past 20 sets. He’s yet to drop a set this week in Barcelona. He will go for his 71st tour-level title and his 51st clay-court crown.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

Source: ATP World Tour