Brisbane 2017 Draw: Rafael Nadal opens against Alexandr Dolgopolov

The draw for the Brisbane International was held today.

World No. 9 Rafael Nadal will kick off the 2017 season with an intriguing first round match against Alexandr Dolgopolov. Our champ will carry a 5-2 head-to-head record into his first-round match, however the Ukrainian has won their two most recent clashes.

Our champ, who is the fifth seed in Brisbane, is seeded to face defending champion Milos Raonic in the last eight and rising Austrian star Dominic Thiem in the semis.

Rafael Nadal in action at Allphones Arena on January 11, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Jan. 10, 2016 - Source: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images AsiaPac)
Rafael Nadal in action at Allphones Arena on January 11, 2016 in Sydney, Australia.
(Jan. 10, 2016 – Source: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Rafa’s potential route to the final:

  • 1st round: Alexander Dolgopolov
  • 2nd round: Mischa Zverev
  • Quarter-final: Milos Raonic
  • Semi-final: Dominic Thiem
  • Final: Stan Wawrinka

Projected quarterfinals:

  • Milos Raonic vs Rafael Nadal
  • Dominic Thiem vs Grigor Dimitrov
  • David Ferrer vs Kei Nishikori
  • Lucas Pouille vs Stan Wawrinka

Rafa’s new coach Carlos Moya will not travel to Brisbane, but will join our champ and head coach Uncle Toni at the Australian Open.



  1. l wish you the very best for the coming year,you look in the peck of health and hope you win lots in 2017,will be spending a month in mallorca this year and will be coming to your academy and hope maybe to see you.l am a very big fan lots of good health by for now glennis in the lsle of man.

  2. Happy new year Rafael Nadal! Congratulations on winning fourth title and especially after comeback!

  3. HAPPY NEW YEAR & VAMOS DEAR RAFA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) CI…….CI……CI…….CI…….& A MASSIVE CI……….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 : ) Congratulations sweetheart on your beautiful Tennis and on today earning your 4th Championship!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) Vamos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) You are a lion and a magnificent magical Champion!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) VAMOS DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) That was a great match and your play is feisty, brilliant, strong !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) Enjoy everything and God bless you sweetheart!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) Well earned and much deserved!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) You are in beautiful fit shape and all your solid Tennis is out there for you and all of us to enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love you and sending lots of love & happiness!!!!!!!! : ) enjoy a great celebration with your loved ones and THE TEAM and have great fun between tours!!!!!! Thank you DEAR RAFA for being such an incredible competitor and giving yourself and your fans such joy and great time!!!!! Enjoy for everything!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : )

  4. I will look forward to watching you in the Hopman Cup and it will be great to see the return of Roger , who has said he intends to be around for the next 3 years . Have a great New Years Eve Rafa you deserve it xx

  5. YES! HAPPY NEW YEAR RAFA ! What a great start.Other Players” be afraid be very afraid ” he’s back. Happy New Year to Rafa , his team, family and friends and to all Rafa fans and RNF. 2017 is going to be a very exciting year and I can’t wait.

  6. OLA & VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) First set in your pocket……: ) : ) : ) : ) You look great out there VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : )

  7. Dear Rafa fans, I wish you all a Happy New Year. My wish for Rafa is to be able to play all year without injuries. I watched the highlights of his matches in Dubai and thought he looked great. His FH in particular was sparkling. I also liked how his hair looked. I truly hope 2017 is a special one for our hero.

  8. Rafas potential route to the final looks a tough one but he’s looking in good form so I’m hoping he will go deep into this tournament.Your on in five mins , good luck Rafa you know you can do this and it will do your confidence a word of good. Loads of tennis being shown in the UK over the next week on Eurosport 1 and 2 starting tomorrow at 9.30 Can’t wait.

    • de tt coeur derrière rafa durant cette année 2017 et nul doute qu’ il sera là et bien là 👑👑👍👍👍💕❤

  9. Tirage difficile ms rafa est 1 champion et jouera l esprit plus libre sans aucune pression ça aide ! Aucun doute qu’ il va faire du bon boulot durant cette nouvelle année ! De tt coeur derrière rafa pr tte nouvelle année 👑👑👑👑👍👍👍❤❤❤

  10. Rafa,

    Welcome to Australia.

    All the best for ALL your matches here.


    Love and prayers,


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