Australian Open R3: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Damir Dzumhur?

Rafael Nadal’s bid for a 17th grand slam title will continue on Friday against the Bosnian 28th seed Damir Dzumhur.

Date: 19 January 2018

Match time: 7 PM local time (AEST) / 3 AM EST – New York, Montreal / 8 AM GMT – United Kingdom /9 AM CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy.  To convert to your local time, use this website.

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Rafa and Damir played only once, which was in the 2016 Miami Masters, a match Dzumhur won in three sets before our champ retired with illness and dizziness.

Rafa on facing Damir:

“Damir has improved a lot [since we played at 2016 Miami]. He is a tough opponent… [and] he knows how to play tennis very well… The only way to win is play at a higher rhythm than him and try to play aggressive, try to play with the highest intensity possible out there. That’s what I going to try. I hope to be ready to make that happen.

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VIDEOS: Rafael Nadal defeats Leonardo Mayer in Melbourne – highlights, interview

Match highlights from Rafael Nadal’s victory against Leonardo Mayer in the second round of the Australian Open 2018.

On court interview with Rafa:

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2018 Australian Open: Second round presser

A transcript of the presser Rafael Nadal gave after his win over Leonardo Mayer.

Q. It’s always difficult to finish a match maybe. You held your serve all the time. When you had to finish, you lost the serve, is that correct?
RAFAEL NADAL: Is totally correct.

Q. Is coincidence or more attention? He played well, you played bad?
RAFAEL NADAL: Did you see?

Q. No.
RAFAEL NADAL: No. Okay. You have to see.

Yeah, is not always the same. When you have a break in the serving for the match or serving for the set, there is always some breaks. Of course, is not a good thing.

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But in this case particularly I personally was not losing the game because I was too nervous, because I felt too much tension. He played a great game, all the returns in, very long, playing so aggressive, hitting all the balls super strong, and having success.

I was there, no? I had small chances. I hold until deuce two times. But that’s it. He really went for the game. The opponent always have the chance to play aggressive. If he’s right at that moment, then is so difficult to stop.  Continue reading “2018 Australian Open: Second round presser”

Rafael Nadal beats Leonardo Mayer in the Australian Open second round [PHOTOS]

(AP) – Top-ranked Rafael Nadal is into the third round at Melbourne Park after beating Leonardo Mayer 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (4).

Rafa served for the match but was broken in the 10th game, with Mayer hitting a cross-court winner that clipped the line. In the tiebreaker, Rafa won on his first match point with a service winner.

After the match, Rafa said:

An important victory against a tough opponent. He has big potential, hits the ball so strong, I had to hit some great shots in the tie-break. Hes a very dangerous opponent, and we’ve been friends for a long time.  Happy to be in the third round after not having competition for a long time.

It’s always a very special to play in this court. It gives me great energy. Thank you to all the crowd, and many thanks for the support.

Hopefully Toni was watching the match at home. I have the team here working the right way, and Toni is always there if we need him. To my team, and my family this is the favourite tournament of the year so I want to be here as long as possible.

Rafa said he believes the roofs at Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena and Hisense Arena should be closed to protect the players’ health in extreme conditions.

Even I like sometimes play with hot (temperatures). When is too much, it becomes dangerous for the health. I would not like to see here retirements.

The Australian Open has an extreme heat policy that goes into effect when temperatures reach 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit). The roofs can be closed in such situations prior to the start of play.

Rafa isn’t scheduled to play again until Friday. He said he’s still avoiding the heat on Thursday and practicing indoors.

Our champ will next play 28th-seeded Damir Dzumhur, who beat John Millman in four sets.

Source: AP

Rafael Nadal Nominated for Prestigious Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award

Rafael Nadal has been nominated for the ‘Laureus World Sportsman Of The Year’ award in recognition of his achievements over the last 12 months.

Won two Grand Slam tournaments in a season for the first time since 2013, including a record 10th French Open, in which he only lost 35 games in seven matches. Also won his third US Open. He is now second on the all-time list of Grand Slam winners with 16, overtaking Pete Sampras. He finished the year as world No.1.

Rafa is nominated alongside Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, cyclist Tour de France winner Chris Froome, Roger Federer, Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton and world champion long distance runner Mo Farah.

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In the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year category Garbiñe Muguruza and three-time 800m world champion Caster Semenya join an all-American quartet of Serena Williams, 16-time world athletics championship medallist Allyson Felix, 19-year-old swimming sensation Katie Ledecky, Overall World Cup champion skier Mikaela Shiffrin.

The winners, as voted for by members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, will be revealed in Monaco on February 27.

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Australian Open R2: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Leonardo Mayer?

Top seed and world No. 1 Rafael Nadal is back in action on Wednesday at the Australian Open and will face world No. 52 Leonardo Mayer.

Date: 17 January 2018

Match time: Rafa is third on Rod Laver Arena. Not before 2 PM local time (AEST) / Tuesday 10 PM EST – New York, Montreal / 3 AM GMT – United Kingdom /4 AM CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy.  To convert to your local time, use this website.

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Rafa has won all four of his career meetings with Mayer, who won the opening set when the pair met at the US Open in September. The Argentine is 1-25 lifetime against opponents ranked in the top 10.

Good luck & Vamos Rafa!

Source: ATP World Tour

VIDEO: Rafael Nadal-Victor Estrella Burgos postmach hug steals the show at Australian Open

A hug at the net accompanied by a few giggles! Watch!