World No. 1 Rafael Nadal will begin his bid for a second Australian Open title with a first round match against No.2 Australian Bernard Tomic, currently ranked 57 in the world. They have met only once before, in R32 of the 2011 Australian Open, in which Rafa defeated Tomic in straight sets, 6-2, 7-5, 6-3.
Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Time: 7 pm local time (Melbourne), 9 am CET (Madrid), 8 am GMT (London), 3 am EST (New York)
Updated: 2:00 am (Méx, Gua) 5:00 am (Arg, Chi, Par) 3:00 am (Col, Perú, Uru) 3:30 am (Ven) 4:00 am (Bol) 6:00 am (Bra) 9:00 am (Esp) — via @TodoSobreTennis
On his opponent’s strengths, Rafa had this to say in his press conference: “He has a big talent. He has a good serve. He’s able to play with very good control from the baseline. He has a very good talent on where you going to hit the ball. He’s a good player to start the tournament. To be through in that first round is because I’m ready to compete well.”
We wish you the best of luck, Rafa. May you win this title and make history once again! Vamos!