US Open SF: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Juan Martin del Potro?

Top seed and defending champion Rafael Nadal seeks his fourth US Open final when he takes on former champion, Juan Martin del Potro on Friday afternoon.

Date: 7 September 2018

Match time: Not before 4 PM EDT –  New York, Montreal / 9 PM BST – United Kingdom / 10 PM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / Saturday 6 AM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

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The world No. 1 has won 11 of his 16 matches against Delpo, and has beaten the Argentine in three of the last four majors, including an epic five-setter at Wimbledon. They have met once previously at this stage in New York, a contest which a then 20-year-old Delpo claimed in straight sets.

Rafa on playing Delpo:

Yeah, will be a very tough one.

Probably Juan Martin is – in Wimbledon he’s a great player. He’s a great player on grass. Well, he’s a great player everywhere.

But the challenge of playing him on hard of course is even higher for me personally than playing against him on clay, like happened in Roland Garros.

Even like this, I had a very lucky first set.

Will be a big challenge. Is a match that we know each other very well. I know he’s playing well.

I know that I will have to play at my highest level to keep having chances of success. I am focused on try to make that happen.

I think last three sets I improved. I increased my level. Was a step forward for me in the dynamic of the tournament. So I did it. I hope to continue that way.

Delpo:

It could be another big battle as the Wimbledon match was. Of course, I like to play always with the No. 1 of the world, doesn’t matter the tournament or the conditions or the weather. I just have the chance to play the greatest on this sport, and it’s amazing for me.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

Source: US Open

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

On Tuesday night, Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem will face each other for the first time on hard courts in the quarterfinals of the 2018 US Open.

Date: 4 September 2018

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

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This will be a rematch of this year’s French Open final–won by our champ in straight sets. The world No. 1 leads the head-to-head series 7-3 overall, including 2-1 this season and 5-2 dating back to the start of 2017.

Rafa on facing Thiem:

He’s a fantastic player. He’s a very powerful player. He’s a great guy. Very good relationship with him. Happy for him that he’s in quarter-finals here. Last year he lost a very tough match against Del Potro here…

It is going to be a tough one.

He is a very powerful player and he knows how to play these kind of matches. I need to play my best match of the tournament if I want to keep having chances to stay in the tournament.

Thiem on playing Rafa:

I’m really looking forward to play him on hard court for the first time. On clay, I think it’s one of the biggest challenges in sports to beat this guy or to compete with this guy. I hope that it’s a little bit more comfortable on hard court, but I’m not sure.

To compete with Rafa well, I always have to have a great day, and I have to play well.

I think that I have very powerful ground strokes, and I can even hurt him with them. But the key is to play really fast and powerful. But on the same time, not make too many mistakes.

I think nobody’s game really matches up well with his. That’s why he’s so unbelievably successful. No matter what, it’s always really tough to play against him. As I said, I’m really looking forward to see how it is on a different surface than clay.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

Sources: ATP World Tour, US Open

US Open R4: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Nikoloz Basilashvili?

Defending US Open champion Rafael Nadal continues his bid for a fourth crown in New York when he faces Nikoloz Basilashvili in the fourth round on Sunday. The world No. 1 is on a roll, having won 25 of his past 26 matches.

Date: 2 September 2018

Match time: 12 PM noon EDT –  New York, Montreal / 5 PM BST – United Kingdom / 6 PM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / Monday 2 AM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

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Champion at the ATP World Tour 500 event in Hamburg two months ago, Nikoloz has become the first Georgian to reach the last 16 at a major since Irakli Labadze at Wimbledon in 2006.

In their lone previous meeting, Rafa dropped just one game in prevailing 6-0, 6-1, 6-0 at Roland Garros last year.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

Source: ATP World Tour

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

Top seed and defending champion Rafael Nadal continues his US Open campaign as he takes on 22-year-old Karen Khachanov for a place in the fourth round.

Date: Friday, 31 August 2018

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

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Rafa holds a lifetime 4-0 advantage over the 6-foot-6 Russian. The pair played a tight match just weeks ago in Toronto, with our champ emerging the victor 7-6, 6-4.

Rafa on playing Khachanov:

He’s a great opponent. He’s a great player. Young, strong, I played against him in Toronto three weeks ago. It was a tough one.

I’m excited to play that match and I hope it will be a good one. I need to play well to try to be through and that’s what I’m looking for.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

Source: ATP World Tour

US Open R2: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Vasek Pospisil?

Top seed and defending champion Rafael Nadal will continue his US Open campaign when he goes up against Canadian Vasek Pospisil on Wednesday.

Their only previous encounter came three years ago on the hard courts of Beijing, where our champ prevailed 7-6(3), 6-4.

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Date: 29 August 2018

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

Rafa on playing Pospisil:

He’s a great server. Good serve, good forehand he plays an aggressive game.

He had a good victory today, straight sets against not-an-easy opponent like Lukas Lacko. I need to be playing well and I hope to be ready for it.

Rafa is 8-0 in his last eight matches in New York and he is 22-2 in his last 24 Grand Slam matches.

He has won five tour-level titles this season. He holds the highest winning percentage on the ATP World Tour for 2018 with a 40-3 record heading into this clash.

Rafa downed Stefanos Tsitsipas earlier this month to claim a fourth Rogers Cup title in Toronto, his 33rd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy, while Pospisil carried momentum from a semi-final run in an ATP Challenger Tour event in Vancouver to see off Lukas Lacko in the opening round.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

Source: ATP World Tour

US Open R1: What time does Rafael Nadal play against David Ferrer?

On Monday, top seed and defending champ Rafael Nadal will open his 14th US Open against former world No. 3  David Ferrer.

It will be a 31st career meeting between the Davis Cup teammates, with Rafa leading the series 24-6. But in their only previous meeting at the US Open, in 2007, Ferrer triumphed in four sets.

Date: 27 August 2018

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

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Rafa on playing Ferru:

We have a great history together.

We shared the Davis Cup together a lot of times, here too. He’s a good friend.

He has been an amazing player for such a long, long time. This year he’s going through tougher times but he’s still a player with a very high level of tennis. I’m looking forward to playing that match so we’ll see.

Rafa has enjoyed plenty of success in New York over the years, lifting the trophy in 2010, 2013 and 2017. He has advanced to the semi-finals or better six times, doing so in five straight appearances from 2008-11 and 2013, missing the tournament in 2012 due to knee tendinitis.

Rafa now has an opportunity to complete a French Open-US Open double for the second consecutive year, and the fourth time in his career. No man has defended the US Open crown since Federer wore it for five straight summers, from 2004-08.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

Sources: ATP World Tour, US Open

Rogers Cup Final: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Stefanos Tsitsipas in Toronto?

Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas face off in a Barcelona Open final rematch when the pair battle it out for the Rogers Cup title in Toronto on Sunday.

Already the all-time holder of the most Masters 1000 titles with 32, our champ will try to win his 33rd crown and his 80th career title overall.

Date: August 12, 2018

Match time: Not before 4 PM local time / 4 PM EDT – New York / 9 PM BST – United Kingdom / 10 PM CEST – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / Monday, 6 AM AEST – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

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Tsitsipas:

Playing in a Masters 1000 final is the best thing that can happen on your birthday. … I’m capable of doing anything on the court and beating any opponent.

Rafa on playing Tsitsipas:

Tomorrow is a day to play a great match against a very tough opponent. He’s a complex player. He has everything. He’s young. He has passion for the game. He has a great forehand, great backhand, good serve. So he’s not about one thing. He’s about everything.

Rafa, whose last hard-court Masters 1000 title came in Cincinnati in 2013, is into his first Rogers Cup final since that impressive summer stretch five years ago, which saw him complete the Canada-Cincy double and win the US Open. He is 3-0 in finals in Canada, also prevailing in 2005 and 2008.

Tsitsipas will try to become the first player since Albert Portas at Hamburg in 2001 to win his first ATP World Tour title at a Masters 1000 event.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

Source: ATP World Tour