After a straight sets victory over Dudi Sela in R3, Rafael Nadal moves on to the fourth round against opponent Kevin Anderson. They have played each other just once on tour with Rafa winning that match, 6-2, 7-6(6).
The winner will play either No. 7 seed Tomas Berdych or World No. 66 Bernard Tomic. Rafa leads both players in previous match-ups, 18-3 against Berdych and 2-0 against Tomic.
Date: Sunday, January 25, 2015
Time: Not before 2 pm local time (Melbourne), 4am CET (Spain, France, Germany, Italy), 3am GMT (United Kingdom), 10pm EST (Saturday, Jan 24 – New York, Montreal). To convert to your local time, use this website.
Rafa has not lost to a player seeded as low as No. 14 today’s opponent at a Grand Slam since losing to No. 23 seed Robin Soderling in the round of 16 at 2009 Roland Garros. Nadal has won 20 of his last 21 matches against seeded players at the majors. His only defeat to a seeded player in that time came against No. 8 Wawrinka in the final at the 2014 Australian Open.
Anderson’s best Australian Open – and Grand Slam – performance is reaching the round of 16. He achieved that feat in Melbourne in 2013 and 2014, losing to Berdych on both occasions. He also reached the round of 16 at Roland Garros in 2013 and 2014, losing to Ferrer on both occasions, and at 2014 Wimbledon (l. Andy Murray). This is his 8th consecutive appearance at Melbourne Park and his 24th major overall.
ATP WORLD TOUR, GRAND SLAM, AND DAVIS CUP MAIN DRAW RESULTS
|Year||Tournament & City||Surface||Round||Winner & Score|
|2010||ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Canada
6-2, 7-6(6) Stats
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!