Indian Wells R3: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Fernando Verdasco?

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Two-times doubles Indian Wells champion Rafael Nadal and his Australian partner Bernard Tomic were beaten 3-6, 7-6(4), 11-9 by Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram in an hour and 32 minutes.

Rafa will turn his attention to the singles, where he is No 5 seed and plays fellow Spanish lefty Fernando Verdasco in the third round on Tuesday. They will meet in the third round of Indian Wells for the second year in a row.

Date: March 14, 2017

Match time: Around 12.30 PM local time / 3.30 PM EST –  New York, Montreal / 7.30 PM GMT – United Kingdom / 8.30 PM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / Wednesday 6.30 AM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

Rafa leads their head-to-head 15-3, but Fernando has won three of the last five meetings, beating our champ on clay in Madrid in 2012, at the Miami Masters in 2015 and at the Australian Open in 2016. Fernando opened his Indian Wells Masters campaign with a 7-6(5), 6-1 victory over Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

Here are the matches Rafa and Fer have played against each other: 

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Rafael Nadal on how he would change tennis

Rafael Nadal talks about his second round win over Guido Pella at the 2017 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. How do you feel you played today?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yes, was a solid match, no? Was a match of the first round that I didn’t try to do amazing things. I tried to play solid. I tried to find the rhythm, and I think I did. For moments I played well; for moments I played a little bit less well. Important thing, I won, and I won in straight sets. I had some good feelings for a lot of moments.

In general terms, I think I played a solid match.

Q. On a day like today, we like to call this a dry heat. Pretty hot out there. How did you feel in the dry heat?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I adapt myself better to the dry heat than to the humid heat.

I think it’s easier for the players to resist that conditions than when it’s very, very humid.

But it’s true that today was hot, and there was a lot of sun out there. Very, very warm. Was difficult to control the ball. The ball was flying a lot.

Q. You were clearly going for more on your serves today with mixed success. How do you feel about that? Is it challenging to keep going for more in a match when maybe you know you’re going to perhaps double fault or have more second serves?
RAFAEL NADAL: Seriously, I am not having more double faults when I’m going for more. Sometimes I have more double faults when I’m playing more conservative.

I tried to serve, to increase a little bit the speed of the serve when the match was coming. In the beginning, tried to serve a little bit more safe.  Continue reading “Rafael Nadal on how he would change tennis”

Rafael Nadal eases past Guido Pella at Indian Wells [PHOTOS]

Three-time champion Rafael Nadal booked his spot in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Guido Pella.

Pella got off to a hot start, breaking Rafa in the third game of their first meeting. But our champ settled in and reeled off six of the next seven games to clinch the opener and break at the start of the second. Pella halted Rafa’s momentum by canceling out the break in the second game, but Rafa regained his lead in the fifth game and would win the last five games as he closed out victory in 81 minutes.

No. 5 seed next faces either fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco or Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

Rafa is still bidding for his first hardcourt title in over three years (2014 Doha). He has played 30 hardcourt tournaments since then.

Source: BNP Paribas Open

Indian Wells R2: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Guido Pella?

World No. 6 Rafael Nadal begins his campaign for a fourth Indian Wells Masters 1000 Series title against left-hander Guido Pella on Sunday. They have never played before.

Photo: BNP Paribas Open

Date: March 12, 2017

Match time: Around 12.30 PM local time / 3.30 PM EST –  New York, Montreal / 7.30 PM GMT – United Kingdom / 8.30 PM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / Monday 6.30 AM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

Rafa is coming off a runner-up in Acapulco (l. to Querrey) on March 4 and he’s trying to capture his first title on hard courts since 2014 Doha. He’s played in 30 hard court tournaments since then. Pella is looking to reach the 3R for the second straight year. He is 1-4 lifetime against Top 10 foes.

• Tournament Note: Three-time champion (48-9 record) is making his 12th straight appearance and 13 overall. Has reached QFs-better in 10 of 12 visits, except 2004 debut and 2014 (l. in 3R both times). Also runner-up in 2011 (l to Djokovic) and SF five times, including last year (l. to No. 1 Djokovic). Won doubles titles in 2010 & 2012 (w/M. Lopez).


Source: ATP World Tour

Rafa Roundup: Here’s why Rafael Nadal is playing doubles with Bernard Tomic in Indian Wells


“If the top players are not playing very often, then you are making something not good – you need to change. But the ITF always thinks on the small picture,” Nadal added.

He called the competition “a beautiful competition, a very emotional competition”. He also proposed a massive lengthening of the format, producing a winner only every three years.

“I don’t mean one-year Davis Cup, one year no Davis Cup. I mean, for example, two ties per year. That will be something reasonable and players will be very motivated to play Davis Cup.”

“I was a little bit sick for two days, so I couldn’t practise. I started to practise yesterday for the first time. Today, I practised again and I have doubles. It is obvious that when you get sick you lose a little bit of the power for a couple of days. So I hope to recover myself well and feel ready to compete at the highest level possible.”

… “I play doubles for fun and to practise too,” Nadal added. “I was supposed to play with Bernard in Brisbane. That made sense, because it’s his house and for me it was something that I liked. But then I said to him that I could not play there. I said if we can change Brisbane for Indian Wells, will be great for me. That’s it.”

“Toni is completely free like he has always been, to take his own decisions and to choose what makes him happiest,” Nadal told the media in Acapulco. “I am comfortable with what he decides is best for him.

“I feel better when people who I love are happy and if it makes him happy, for me it’s OK. Before being my coach, Toni is my uncle. He has been with me for a lifetime and the relationship with him has been a little bit more special than the one I have with my other uncles because I have lived everyday with him and I am very grateful to him for all the things he did for me.”

“Obviously yes, for sure, everyone was surprised. But it’s not easy travelling on the tour for so many years,” said Murray in Dubai.

“I know he hates flying, I’ve been on a couple of planes with him and I know he doesn’t enjoy the travelling. Rafa is 31 this year and he was on the tour since he was 16, so it’s been 15 years of travelling on the tour and a lot of time before that as well.


VIDEO: Rafael Nadal and young fan show off their football skills in Indian Wells

Young Mason got the chance of a lifetime to play football with three-time BNP Paribas Open champion Rafael Nadal in Indian Wells.

Indian Wells: Rafa and Bernie advance into the second round of doubles [PHOTOS, VIDEO]

Rafael Nadal and Bernard Tomic advanced to the second round of BNP Paribas Open tournament in the doubles competition. They beat Pablo Carreno Busta and Joao Sousa 6-4, 7-6(7) in one hour and 33 minutes.

Rafa and Bernie, playing together for the first time, let slip three match points at 6/3 in the tie-break, but regrouped to convert their fourth opportunity after one hour and 33 minutes. They will face either Goffin/Tsonga or Klaasen/Ram next.

If you somehow missed it, or just want to watch it again, HERE it is!

Rafa will play his first round singles match against Guido Pella on Sunday.

Source: BNP Paribas Open