Australian Open QF: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Milos Raonic?

On Wednesday, Rafael Nadal will play his quarter-final match at the Australian Open against the big-serving Canadian third seed Milos Raonic, who won the pair’s last meeting in Brisbane earlier this month.

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates match point in his fourth round match against Gael Monfils of France on day eight of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 23, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Jan. 22, 2017 - Source: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images AsiaPac)
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Date: January 25, 2017

Match time: 7.30 PM local time (Melbourne) / 3.30 AM EST –  New York, Montreal / 8.30 AM GMT – United Kingdom / 9.30 AM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy. To convert to your local time, use this website.

Rafa on playing Milos Raonic:

I think going to be a tough match for me, for sure. Hopefully for him, too. In Brisbane he beat me. But at the same time is true that I have been close. A set up and important break point that I had passing shot, no?

Is tough. He’s an opponent that make you feel that you’re playing with a lot of pressure all the time because his serve is huge and he’s playing very aggressive from the baseline. So going to be a very tough match, no?

But I hope to be ready for it. I need to be very focused with my serve and play aggressive. If I am not playing aggressive, then I am dead, because he plays aggressive.

  • Rafa is bidding to reach a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time since he won the title at 2014 Roland Garros.
  • He is bidding to reach his 5th Australian Open semifinal and move into joint-7th position on the table for most appearances in the last 4 here in the Open Era.
  • He is bidding to reach his 24th Grand Slam semifinal and close the gap on Andre Agassi in 5th place for the most Grand Slam semifinal appearances in the Open Era.
  • Rafa is bidding to record his 50th Australian Open match-win and become the 4th man in the Open Era to record 50 Australian Open match-wins after Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Stefan Edberg.
  • The Australian Open is Rafa’s 2nd most successful Grand Slam in terms of match-wins, but his least successful in terms of titles won and semifinals reached.
  • Rafa is bidding to reach his 24th Grand Slam semifinal. He has a 23-6 win-loss record in quarterfinals at the majors – but 4 of his 6 losses in the last 8 have come at Melbourne Park. He has a 4-4 win-loss record in the last 8 here, compared to 9-1 at Roland Garros, 5-0 at Wimbledon and 5-1 at the US Open.
  • If he wins on Wednesday Rafa is projected to rise to No. 6 in the ATP rankings – unless either David Goffin or Grigor Dimitrov go on to win the title here, when he would be No. 7. If Rafa wins the title in Melbourne, he will rise to No. 4. (Stats via ITF tennis)

This marks the ninth time that Rafa and Milos will meet on the professional tour. Overall our champ leads the head to head 6-2. 

Rafa is bidding to win his 2nd Australian Open title and become the first man in the Open Era – and only the 3rd man in history – to win each of the 4 Grand Slam titles twice. Roy Emerson and Rod Laver are the only players to have won each Grand Slam on two or more occasions.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

36 comments

  1. wo…wo….wo….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) Solid sweetheart!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) Another 40: 0 brilliant serve game and a fantastic FIRST BREAK beautifully leading 4:3 and ready to serve : ): ) : ) : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) Beautiful feisty RETURNS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) Sending R traveling Side to Side and playing winners AMAZINGLY!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) GO RAFA GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : )

  2. VAMOS DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!: ) : ) : ) : ) Great play sweetheart!!!! : ) Serving a beautiful 40:0 1st serve game : ) : ) : ) LETS GO RAFA LETS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : )

  3. OLA OLA OLA DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) Very happy for you! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) Have a great day and lots & lots of fun playing your groovy Tennis!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) Your deep love for the game is so special and it will be another great match for you!!!!!!!!: ) Enjoy it all! : ) You are such a unique talent sweetheart!!!!!! : ) I love your genius Tennis !!!! : ) : ) !!!!!!! : ) You are ALL passion and magic !!!!!! : ) ci….ci… !!!!!!! : ) Have a great time sweetheart & enjoy playing playfully your brilliant Tennis. Your REACH and SPEEDY movement and FANTASTIC SERVE are all there!!!!!!! : ) ci…….ci…..ci……ci….. & A BIG CI : ) : ) : ) Enjoy everything & we will be there enjoying each point with you!!!!!! : ) VAMOS & LOTS OF LOVE & HAPPINESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : )

  4. I say Rafa should ‘normally’ win this one in 4 or maybe 5 sets. Why? This is the first time these 2 meet in major. Nadal is usually a nod better at slams, best of 5 on the big court with his experience (1). Raonic beat Rafa twice, the one in 2015 was by a margin of 2 points – point taken is: Raonic needs to move a mountain to win 2 sets from Nadal, a 2-0 lead seems unlikely for him, he never did that so tomorrow neither (2). The two met twice in the last 3 weeks. In the sets that Rafa won, his intensity was high, similar to in his last two matches. If he brings that intensity during 3 sets of the 4 or 5, he should roll, while Raonic basically has one trick at all times (3). The AO court is similar to the Abu D court, Brisbane court is different, seems slower. I actually think faster hard court works well for Nadal against a bad mover like Raonic (4), see also the August 2013 win.

    This is my analysis. Apologies for going off topic. I should have stuck with “Rafa you rock” of course.

  5. Rafa did some practice with former World #8, Mark Philippoussis, prior to his QF match. Mark, although retired but still very fast, accepted Carlos’ request to train with Rafa.
    Moyà: “….Roanic is a big server and he uses a lot of variety. He [Rafa] needs to keep intensity, use variety, and especially be consistent and aggressive.”
    [tennisworldusa, Gatto Luigi, 24/1/2017, 08.00]

    Rafa, take all the help you can get. So happy you are open to advice from others not in your camp.
    RAFA NEVER CEASES TO AMAZE ME

    RAFA ROCKS

  6. Rafa, you are still the favorite vs Milos. You may play Goffin in the semifinal.
    Roger is playing Stan I the semi. Is it time for a Fedal?

    RAFA ROCKS

  7. Want to see Rafa , one of the greatest tennis player , biting the trophy once again as am his die hard fan

  8. Rafa enfocate en tu servicio y juegale agresivamente ya que Raonic tiene un excelente servicio, pero tu para mi concepto tienes mejor juego que el, Vamos mi Rafa este Grand S es tuyo, MUchisima suerte

  9. Raonic, Dimitrov, Stan / Fed. Rafa’s h2h against these guys is like 50-14. If not for the last horrid 3 seasons, I’d usually see “VAMOS this is the ultimate chance to get career slam no. 2 – a feat that clearly touches upon obtaining sheer GOAT status”.

  10. Rafa, you can beat Raonic, but you have to play aggressive and serve well, otherwise, what you said, you are dead! We all want to see a Fedal final! So…….go for it, Rafa! Vamossssss.

  11. all the very best for tomorrow,will be watching the match on tv,your on top of your game vamos rafa glennis.

  12. Bring it on-Rafael will need nerves of steel. Raonic is hungry to win a slam, but
    Rafael needs to bite that AO trophy again. Whoever has the truest grit and biggest passion will shine. It has been a wild ride with nothing being predictable-
    opportunity for any of the remaining contenders to grab the cup! As Roger says,
    you need to have done the “hard yards” mentally and physically in order to reap the rewards🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆❤️

  13. Umm… this is going to be a tough one for our Rafa. I guess he has to PROTECT HIS SERVE and wait for opportunities to break Milos…

    You can do it Rafa!

    Meanwhile… Federer is killing Zverev in the first set. Ouch!

  14. Rafa, take those chances. Put the pressure on Milos. You take control of the ball and don’t let go.
    Do what you do best, Rafa. WIN WIN WIN

    Sorry Milos, you will crash out of the QF. It’s Rafa who will book a spot in the semifinals.

    RAFA ROCKS

  15. Stanimal into the semifinals. I want to see your name Rafa in that list of semifinalists….

    RAFA ROCKS

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