Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal stretches to hit a return to Dominic Thiem during their men's singles match at the French Open Tennis tournament.Reuters

Rafael Nadal takes on Leonardo Mayer in the third round of the 2014 Roland Garros on Court Philippe Chatrier on Saturday.

Where to Watch Live

The match is set to begin at 12pm BST. Live coverage will be on ITV 4, British Eurosport or British Eurosport 2. Radio commentary, regular updates and live scores are available on Roland Garros' official website.


Defending champion, Nadal raced into the third round his favourite hunting ground by beating Dominic Thiem on Thursday. The 20-year-old Austrian was no match for the eight-time French Open champion as the Spaniard achieved a straight set victory in 125 minutes with the scores, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3.

Meanwhile, 65th ranked Mayer emerged triumphant over Teymuraz Gabashvili in what was the first meeting of their careers. The 27-year-old Argentinean won the first set, 6-2, but his 29-year-old opponent drew level by claiming the second set, 6-4.
However, the match eventually ended in Mayer's favour as he ousted his Russian counterpart, 6-4, 6-4, in the subsequent sets.

Nadal holds a staggering win-loss record of 61-1 in Paris with his only shock defeat coming in the fourth round against the runner-up Robin Soderling in 2009. However, the Spaniard remains the favourite to become the first player to be crown champion in Paris for the fifth time in a row.

The winner of this game will face the winner between Jack Sock and Dusan Lajovic in the pre-quarterfinals.


Nadal holds a 2-0 lead against Mayer in overall meetings. The pair have never clashed in a Grand Slam event.

What They Say

Rafael Nadal on Leonardo Mayer: "He's very powerful when he serves [and hits his] forehand. His backhand is also really good. He's really dangerous as a player. I know him well."