Australian Open R2: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Marcos Baghdatis?

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 17: Sweat drips off the nose of Rafael Nadal of Spain in his first round match against Florian Mayer of Germany on day two of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 17, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

On Thursday, fourteen-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal will face 2006 finalist Marcos Baghdatis in the second round of the Australian Open.

Date: January 19, 2017

Match time: It’s the second evening match of the day and follows the conclusion of Serena Williams’ second round duel with Lucie Safarova. Approximately 8.30 PM local time / 4.30 AM EST –  New York, Montreal / 9.30 AM GMT – United Kingdom / 10.30 AM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy. To convert to your local time, use this website.

Rafa has won eight of nine meetings with the Cypriot. The pair last met back in 2015 at the Stuttgart Open where our champ beat his rival in a thrilling three-setter.



  1. Super Rafa!!!!! U r playing better BUT sorry – not criticism but – ur greatest weakness in recent years (at least 3-4) is your mental state. That too seems to have improved, but not taking enough advantage concerning break points and closing out times shows that more mental strength and positive was and less self doubts needed. Anyway no worries mental strength will also be ther – hopefully soon especially for your next opponent Sasha Zverev. All the best my Rafa. Pray you go on and on – victory after victory! VAMOS!!!!!!!

  2. Brilliant results Rafa, good luck on your next match ,soak up that sunshine , hope your wider family are having fun and enjoying the freak snowstorm back in Mallorca,⛄

  3. Get it done Rafa in SS. You can do it just as your fans said so.

    We don’t need any bad karma with “shock defeat.”


  4. YEH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) Nice & Solid 2nd SET sweetheart!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) Leading 6:3 6:1 !!!!!! : ) Love seeing you so incredibly fit sliding and gliding and covering the court with such fast stride!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) Great match : )

  5. Great second set from Rafa and so lovely to hear the commentator’s singing his praises. Baghdatis stop with the excuses , the reason your losing is because your playing one of the greatest players ever ,not because of the balls or uncle Toni.

  6. “Well in command” indeed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) leading 3:0 2nd SET …… Great stride dear Rafa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) Go RAFA GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) Very exciting to see your groove !!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : )

  7. ci……ci….ci….: ) Ace & all great 1st SET win DEAR RAFA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) Great match !!!!! Nice sharp returns and beautiful quick net magic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) GO RAFA GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) Vamos sweetheart!!!!!! : )

  8. Way to go Rafa, but your going to have to up your level in the next set. You let Baghdatis to many opportunities to get back into the set

  9. Good luck today Rafa , we have had enough shock defeats today ,so go out there and preform your magic.

  10. OLA OLA OLA & VAMOS DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!! : ) Have a great time sweetheart & lots & lots of fun playing your beautiful magic on the court !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : )

  11. Novak and cillic are out. Well done dan evans. Good news for rafa and Andy and possibly Roger. Anything can happen now !

  12. RAFA, world number 2 just exited the AO with a loss to Istomin.
    The tennis gods may yet see you lifting the trophy.


  13. Rafa all the best for tonight ,

    and I will be watching here in Sydney,

    Love and prayers,


  14. Hurdle one successfully negotiated so now to the second round. Wishing Rafa success in straight sets.

  15. I too am hoping for a SS win. I want Rafa as energized as possible for the rest of the tournament.
    But, however many sets it takes to beat Marcos, “A win is still a win,” says Rafa. I agree.


  16. Good luck-tennis world is restored with Roger and Rafael back in the mix. Keep
    rolling-younger players seem to have much to learn about the discipline, physicality, and mental toughness needed to have continued success.🙀🙀👍👍👍👏👏👏👏❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆

  17. Rafa, you’ve got this one also. Keep up the good work with your winners; cut down on unforced errors. I love the positive comments being made by the media about your match against Mayer. Best of luck against Baghdadis.


    • I would guess that Rafa’s match will be on later since it is the second of the night matches. That is good news for those of us on the East Coast in the US. I am hoping for a SS win.

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