Brisbane R2: When does Rafael Nadal play against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga?

UPDATE: Rafael Nadal withdrew from the Brisbane International on Wednesday due to a left thigh strain.

Rafael Nadal officially gets his 2019 season underway when he takes on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round of the Brisbane International on Thursday.

Date: January 3, 2019

Match time: The schedule of play hasn’t been released for Thursday yet. It will be available here later today.

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The duo have met each other 12 times, with Rafa taking a considerable lead over the Frenchman at 8-4.  The 239th ranked Frenchman player won in their only Australian meeting in the 2008 Melbourne semifinals, and also won their last encounter at 2015 Shanghai.

2015ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Shanghai 
Outdoor HardSFJo-Wilfried Tsonga64 06 75
2013ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo 
Outdoor ClaySFRafael Nadal63 763
2012ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami 
FL, U.S.A.
Outdoor HardQFRafael Nadal62 57 64
2011ATP Finals 
Great Britain
Indoor HardRRJo-Wilfried Tsonga762 46 63
2011ESP vs. FRA WG SF 
Outdoor ClayRRRafael Nadal60 62 64
2011London / Queen’s Club 
Great Britain
Outdoor GrassQFJo-Wilfried Tsonga673 64 61
2010ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami 
FL, U.S.A.
Outdoor HardQFRafael Nadal63 62
2009ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris 
Indoor HardQFRafael Nadal75 75
Indoor HardQFRafael Nadal64 675 64
2008ATP Masters Series Indian Wells 
CA, U.S.A.
Outdoor HardR16Rafael Nadal674 763 75
2008Australian Open 
Outdoor HardSFJo-Wilfried Tsonga62 63 62
2007US Open 
NY, U.S.A.
Outdoor HardR32Rafael Nadal763 62 61

He’s a very good player. It’s very challenging for me, of course. He’s coming back from injury also, so we are kind of in the same situation. And of course, I wish I could have results like him, especially at Roland Garros.

Jo-Wilfried Tosnga

Rafa is playing in Brisbane for only the second time. He lost to Canadian Milos Raonic in the 2017 quarter-finals. Only one of Rafa’s 80 championships have come in Australia. He edged Roger Federer in five sets to capture the Australian Open title 10 years ago.


Source: ATP Tour


  1. I’m upset about the new season already, and it’s only January 2nd! Rafa’s pulled out of Brisbane, Andy’s clearly struggling, and del Potro’s pulled out of the Aussie Open. Hopefully things can only get better …

  2. Rafa has pulled out of Brisbane according to the Sydney Herald and the BBC.

    Given that he became defensive when asked previously if he “guarantees” he will play Brisbane, I am not surprised.

    I wish Rafa a complete recovery.

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