Rafael Nadal gets tough draw at Australian Open

REUTERS/David Gray
REUTERS/David Gray

The 2015 Australian Open draw has been revealed on Friday morning in Melbourne. World no.3 and 2009 Australian Open champion Rafael Nadal will start his bid for a 15th Grand Slam title against former top 10-player Mikhail Youzhny of Russia. Our champ leads the head-to-head series 11-4.

Rafa’s Projected Opponents:

  • 1st Round: Mikhail Youzhny
  • 2nd Round: Luke Saville
  • 3rd Round: Lukas Rosol
  • 4th Round: Richard Gasquet or Kevin Anderson
  • Quarter Final: Tomas Berdych
  • Semi Final: Roger Federer or Andy Murray
  • Final: Novak Djokovic or Stan Wawrinka

Check out the full draw here.

The first Grand Slam tournament of the season begins on Monday, January 19, at Melbourne Park. 128 players will be fighting during two weeks for the title and 2000 ATP points.



  1. Rafa’s focus is always razor-sharp. He always applies his “point by point” mentality
    and one match at a time process to his tournaments. I am just so excited to see him
    compete again in his first GS of 2015. By the way, I am also glad Delpotro is back.

    A new year and season once again. The more challenging the better! Bring it on!

  2. I cheer for Rafa , but I think he’s not in good rhythm yet. Maybe with his intensity can win this first round I obtain timing for the next rounds

  3. What else is new? Rafa always has the trickiest draw!!! It seems as if Novak always has the easy ones. No disrespect it just appears that way to me. God Bless you Rafa, stay healthy and confident.

  4. Tough draw,,,,get through first round Rafa that will build up your confidence for the rest of the tournament ,,,,,,remember this,,,,,,you’ve done it before ,,,,,,,you can do it again,,,,,,your fans are supporting you all around the world,,,,,

  5. It’s usually the case when he has a tough draw he plays better he ups his game to suit no more qualifiers please first couple of games will be interesting if he can get through them he will start to buzz LOOK OUT WORLD! And it’s hot he love the sun

  6. Youzhny is dangerous but Rafa can beat him, as for Rosol Rafa will beat him as well.never mind he toss Rafa water bottle last year,Every opponent is tough but Rafa is fresh , healthy . fit and looking good on court running around every ball. Good luck Rafa! I’ll be cheering you on from Toronto hope i can keep awake to see your matches

  7. Youzhny is tough for a first Round! Fight Rafa, you can win this match!!

    The second round should be “easy”.
    Rosol won’t beat Rafa for a second time in a GS!
    Gasquet and Berdych are opponents that Rafa likes very much.
    Federer won’t beat Rafa in bo5.

    The draw is not easy but it could be tougher. Vamos Rafa<3

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