On Thursday, Rafael Nadal will play his second round match at the Brisbane International against Mischa Zverev (No. 51), whom he has never encountered previously on the professional tour. The German enjoyed his strongest season to date, rising 121 spots to finish the year ranked No.51, his highest in seven years.
Date: January 5, 2017
Match time: Approximately 8.30 PM local time / 5.30 AM EST – New York, Montreal / 10.30 AM GMT – United Kingdom / 11.30 AM CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 9.30 PM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.
Rafa on playing Mischa Zverev:
He’s an offensive player with a great serve, good volley.
It will be important to be very focused with my serve, when I’m serving, try to be very… aggressive.
I cannot let him play comfortably, because if not, I will be in trouble because he goes to the net frequently.
Last year, the 29-year-old German stalwart knocked out Stan Wawrinka in quarter-finals of the Swiss Indoors to record the biggest win of his career. It was his fifth Top 10 win and first since 2010 Shanghai (d. No. 6 Nikolay Davydenko).
Source: ATP World Tour
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!