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.

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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).


Source: ITF


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Some pictures from Rafael Nadal’s practice session on Saturday.

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One word – AWESOME. Well done, Rafa!

Rafael Nadal’s tough draw in quest for French Open No. 10

The French Open draw has been made in Paris and Rafael Nadal faces a major test if he is to claim ‘La Decima’. He has been drawn in the same half of the draw as defending champion Novak Djokovic, Milos Raonic and Dominic Thiem.

Rafa will meet Benoit Paire in the first round as he looks to add to his incredible 72-2 record at the clay-court Grand Slam championship, where he has clinched the 2005-08, 2010-14 crowns.

Rafa’s potential route to the final:

  • 1st round: Beniot Paire
  • 2nd round: Viktor Troicki
  • 3rd round: Gilles Simon
  • 4th round: Jack Sock
  • Quarter-final: Milos Raonic
  • Semi-final: Novak Djokovic or Dominic Thiem
  • Final: Andy Murray or Stan Wawrinka

Potential French Open 2017 quarter-final draw (if top seeds win through):

  • Andy Murray v Kei Nishikori
  • Stanislas Wawrinka v Marin Cilic
  • Milos Raonic v Rafael Nadal
  • Dominic Thiem v Novak Djokovic

View Singles Draw


Source: ATP World Tour

Watch Rafael Nadal and Jack Sock interview each other

As part of a Babolat promotion, Rafael Nadal and Jack Sock sit down for an interview with each other in Paris. Get answers to all your questions.

VIDEO: Rafael Nadal pranks fans for Movistar

Rafael Nadal recently teamed up with Movistar to trick a few folks into thinking they were playing tennis with a virtual reality version Rafa, when in reality it was the King of Clay the whole time.

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal’s Outfit for the French Open 2017

In the world’s fashion capital, Paris, all eyes will be on Rafael Nadal when he steps out on court at Roland Garros next week.

As you can see, Rafa will be kitted out mostly in blue for the 2017 French Open.

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