Australian Open R4: Rafael Nadal Vs. Kei Nishikori

Ben Solomon/Tennis Australia
Ben Solomon/Tennis Australia

After a straight sets victory over Gael Monfils in R3, Rafael Nadal moves on to the fourth round against opponent Kei Nishikori of Japan.

Date: Monday, January 20, 2014

Time: Approximately 3:00 pm local (Melbourne), 5 am CET (Madrid), 4 am GMT (London), 11 pm EST Sunday Jan 19th (New York). To convert to your local time, use this website. Please Note: This is a tentative schedule. Rafa’s match is third on Rod Laver Arena in the morning session, so exact time depends on the how long the previous matches last. For exact time, please see updates on our Twitter feed or on on the day of the match.

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Rafa and Kei have played each other five times, with Rafa leading the series 5-0. When asked which surface his opponent was most comfortable on, Rafa had this to say about Kei: “I think Kei is a really complete player that can play on every surface.  But I think hard is the surface for him.  I think when he’s playing on hard he feels comfortable.  Is it favorite surface, I feel.”

ATP World Tour, Grand Slam, and Davis Cup Main Draw Results

Year Tournament & City Surface Round Winner & Score
2013 Roland Garros
Clay R16 Nadal, Rafael
6-4, 6-1, 6-3 Stats
2012 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami
FL, U.S.A.
Hard R16 Nadal, Rafael
6-4, 6-4 Stats
2011 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami
FL, U.S.A.
Hard R64 Nadal, Rafael
6-4, 6-4 Stats
2010 Wimbledon
Great Britain
Grass R128 Nadal, Rafael
6-2, 6-4, 6-4 Stats
2008 London / Queen’s Club
Great Britain
Grass R16 Nadal, Rafael
6-4, 3-6, 6-3 Stats



  1. + Dear Rafa, the best of luck during your 4th round match with Kei Nishikori. I hope you are pain free, mentally fresh with self-belief and a sense of calm. I hope you’re able to play with great intensity and keep your positive attitude. You’ve been serving great, please keep doing that as well as playing close to the baseline and taking the ball early – which you’ve been doing more of; this has made a big difference (keep doing this on clay courts also). I silently pray that you have the presence of mind to use the right strategy and techniques; and also that your shot making is super accurate. I also love your net play, and of course I wish for you to continue doing that. I know I’m telling you to do everything that you would do automatically and know that you already know these things, but it makes me feel better to say these things. I don’t know if you every read these posts, but I HOPE that you do. Have fun on court and keep the love. God Bless you, love Marylynn.

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