Rafa Nadal returns to action at the 2021 French Open as he bids for a 14th title at Roland Garros…
Rafa Nadal returns to action at the 2021 French Open as he bids for a 14th title at Roland Garros – here are full details of his next match.
Nadal is the most successful player in the history of the French Open, having lost just three matches at Roland Garros since making his debut back in 2005.
The Spaniard won the title consecutively between 2005-2008, 2010-2014 and 2017-2020, earning him the nickname ‘The King of Clay’.
Nadal is currently tied with Swiss legend Roger Federer on 20 career Grand Slams and is looking to claim the outright record by successfully defending the French Open title once again.
Nadal began his latest quest for glory at Roland Garros with a routine straight sets win over Australia’s Alexei Popyrin in Round One on Tuesday.
Nadal then celebrated his 35th birthday by sweeping aside 2016 quarter-finalist Richard Gasquet 6-0, 7-5, 6-2 to extend his unbeaten head-to-head record over the Frenchman to 17 matches.
The defending champion followed that up by overcoming Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 in the Last 32 before seeing off number 18 seed Jannik Sinner 7-5, 6-3, 6-0.
Nadal’s staggering run of unanswered sets came to an end in the Quarter-Finals against Diego Schwartzman, but the number three seed dug deep to close out a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 victory.
He now faces rival Novak Djokovic in a mouth-watering second Semi-Final for what will be their ninth meeting at Roland Garros.
Nadal has won seven of their eight previous encounters in Paris, though Djokovic is one of only two men to have beaten the Spaniard at this historic venue, having done so in 2015.
The match is scheduled to take place on Court Philippe Chatrier on Friday June 11 over the best of five sets, with an expected start time of around 4.30pm BST.