Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal is a four-time Madrid Open championGetty

Rafael Nadal takes on Joao Sousa in the men's singles quarter-final clash of the Madrid Open on 6 May (Friday).

Where to watch live

Match starts at 4pm BST. Live coverage in the UK is on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD. Click here for the live streaming link. Live scores and regular updates will be available on ATP's official website.

Overview

A confident Nadal will look to continue his impressive form when he takes on the Portugese, Sousa. The Spaniard had a tough time against American Sam Querrey in the third round, but beat him 6-4, 6-2. While the scoreline looks simple, it does no justice to the action on the court. Querrey appeared poised to upset Nadal particularly in the first set.

The 29-year-old seems to be back to his best, fighting and scraping for every point like the Nadal of old. With Ferderer pulling out of the tourney, he will know that only Djokovic and Murray stand in his way of clinching his fifth Madrid Open title.

joao sousa
Portugal's Joao Sousa is currently ranked 35 in the men's singles world rankingsGetty

World No 35 Sousa though not a big name, should not be overlooked as he has played solid if not spectacular tennis to get to the quarter-final. He comes into this tie on the back of a 6-1, 6-7(3), 6-2 win over American Jack Sock in the third round.

Betting odds (betfair)

  • Rafael Nadal to win: 1/25
  • Joao Sousa to win: 10

Head-To-Head

The duo have faced each other only once so far in the quarter final of the 2014 Rio de Janeiro Open, Nadal won that game 6-1, 6-0.

Madrid Open history

Nadal and Sousa have never faced each other in the Madrid Open.