US Open R3: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Andrey Kuznetsov?

On Friday, Rafael Nadal will face Russian world No. 47 Andrey Kuznetsov in the third round of the US Open.

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Photo: Steven Counts/Nike

Date: September 2, 2016

Match time: 7 PM EDT –  New York, Montreal / midnight – United Kingdom / September 3 – 1 AM CEST – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / September 3 – 9 AM AEST – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

Rafa leads head-to-head series 3-0. Here are the matches our champ and Kuznetsov have played against each other:

  • Rafa is looking to reach the 4R in a Grand Slam tournament for 1st time since 2015 Roland Garros (QF) and at US Open since winning title in 2013 (d. Djokovic) Rafa has won 10 straight matches vs. Russians since losing to Davydenko in SF at 2011 Doha
  • Rafa has a 24-7 record vs. Russians since 2008 with 6 losses coming to Davydenko, who led 6-5 in H2H
  • Kuznetsov has a 2-11 career record vs. Top 10 opponents with wins over No. 4 Wawrinka at ATP Masters 1000 Miami in March and over No. 7 Ferrer at 2014 Wimbledon 2R
  • Kuznetsov is trying to reach the 4R in a Grand Slam for 2nd time in his career (2016 Australian Open)

Good luck & Vamos Rafa!

Source: ATP World Tour

40 comments

  1. Maybe I’m being too harsh but I thought that Rafa, especially from 2nd set on as I didn’t get to see 1st set, was playing too passive. Letting opponent dictate. It might not hurt him against these players as they force too much and make errors but this is not the way forward. Rafa is capable of dictating himself but it seems there were too many ups and downs shaking his confidence.

    But what a LOVELY tweener lob to end it. My god. This is my point. Rafa is more talented in terms of pure skill than Nole or Andy but he needs to believe in those abilities and not go back to his old habits by putting the ball in the middle of the court letting opponents hit easy balls and hope for an error. Whenever Rafa won US Open he was the one who was dictating. Despite 3 easy wins, it didn’t feel easy to me. Hopefully he improves each round.

    • Very much my thoughts. Had mixed feelings, but now overall rules happiness because he did this amazing points… wont’t be enough against Nole or Andy, though.

    • Not at all, I’ve been hearing from tennis professionals and the agree that Rafa had to pick up his game. I just would not have been able to be as diplomatic as you so I left it alone.

      There is a consensus that he looks in great form and that he is showing some of his brilliance. The matches will get tougher and he knows that so maybe he’s saving the best for last…who knows.

      In any event, there is a lot of buzz about how well Andy is doing. Andy won gold at Rio and is looking for a double-hitter by winning the US Open. Last but not least, there’s DelPotro. His comeback is remarkable. I’m done…

  2. It was a match worth watching eapecially on a day off sitting on the couch. Congrats Rafa. Please keep the momentum going. VAMOS

  3. This point at the end of the third set… I cannot believe this. This is paradise😆😂👍🏼👏🏼👏🏼.

  4. Way to go Rafa , you have Andy and Novak quaking in their boots The dream team – Rafa and Uncle Tony no other ingredients needed 💗

  5. Wi…..Wi……Wi…….& Wi……. AKA Ci…..Ci…..Ci……Ci…….& CI !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!: ) VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 🙂 : ) What a gifted force you are!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) Leading TWO SETS 6:1 and 6:4……GO RAFA GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) 🙂 : ) : ) Your decisive Returns are such a major treat for us Tennis fans…..God bless you for all your BEAUTIFUL TENNIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) Your Fantastic grooving & gliding & court coverage is truly THE BEST……VAMOS DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) You are the better player sweetheart ….. a great match & I love seeing how you play your incredible magic on the court!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) GO RAFA GO : ) 🙂 : ) 🙂

  6. Just one more set Rafa, people posting crap here upsetting my stomach…. my fault …. Reading too fast trying to keep eyes on Rafa and RNF site…LOL

    RAFA IS THE CHAMPION

  7. COME ON RAFA🐙 Well done young Kyle Edmund now you need to knock out your next opponent NOVAK🎾

  8. VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) Congratulations on your great lead 6:1 1st set …..you hit so many amazing winners!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) Your REACH and NET MAGIC and SOLID SERVE and FANTASTIC MOVEMENT plus…..all returns are so beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) 🙂 : ) : ) : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) We love you every point you play and your royal presence on the court!!!!!! : ) Love watching you on hard Court….you so good and fast and incredibly coordinated!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) VAMOS DEAR RAFA enjoy it all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : )

  9. RAFAAAA yes you are getting your rhythm back. Guess what, Nole may not get his. Youhzny just retired on him in first set.

    SHOW EVERYONE WHO SAID YOU WERE FINITO THAT YOU ARE A MONSTER CHAMP ON A MISSION. Sorry, I’m just so excited for you I can’t control myself.

    RAFA ROCKS ARTHUR ASH STADIUM

    • Absolutely true. Right now he’s blowi g away all my doubts and worries. So enjoable to see this. Vamos Rafa!✊🏼❣

      • LOL My stomach is sick…was getting crazy when he was down in the second … looking a lot better now 😀😃👻

      • Mine too🙈😂😆….Was already scared to have written my words too early. second set was not so very good. But what a way to safe it un the end! 👏🏼✊🏼

  10. Rafa is getting into his groove as each match progresses. Love seeing him playing with freedom and abandon. Bring back that lethal serve from 3 Summers ago! Yahoo Vamos Rafa Forever!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Good luck tonight Rafa you are playing at midnight here in the UK , you are certainly prince charming so turn your opponent into a pumpkin and gallop into the next round . Loving the photo , very Fabio fognini looking

  12. You can do it Rafa! Stay positive as always and keep being aggressive with your game. Good luck and vamos!!

  13. Rafa, it’s great that you are playing during the evening and I know that fantastic the NY crowd will help boost your excitement and energy to get a third win. YES YOU CAN!

    RAFA ROCKS CARONA

  14. YOU ARE MY FAVORITE PLAYER SINCE JIMMY CONNORS! WIN OR LOOSE, YOU SHOW NOTHING BUT CLASS. BEST OF LUCK IN THIS YEARS OPEN. R.J.

  15. Rafa all the best for your next game and I trust your practices have been going well, with your wrist becoming stronger, and hope your cold and flu is feeling much improved,

    Love and prayers,

    AlaineXXSydneyXXAustraliaXX

  16. VAMOS RAFA. JUST TAKE ONE DAY AT A TIME. YOU ARE PLAYING GREAT. YOU ARE OUR CHAMP.

    LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE YOU ALWAYS.❤💙💚💓💖💗💘💝💞

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