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.
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.
|2015||ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Shanghai |
|Outdoor Hard||SF||Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||64 06 75|
|2013||ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo |
|Outdoor Clay||SF||Rafael Nadal||63 763|
|2012||ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami |
|Outdoor Hard||QF||Rafael Nadal||62 57 64|
|2011||ATP Finals |
|Indoor Hard||RR||Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||762 46 63|
|2011||ESP vs. FRA WG SF |
|Outdoor Clay||RR||Rafael Nadal||60 62 64|
|2011||London / Queen’s Club |
|Outdoor Grass||QF||Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||673 64 61|
|2010||ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami |
|Outdoor Hard||QF||Rafael Nadal||63 62|
|2009||ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris |
|Indoor Hard||QF||Rafael Nadal||75 75|
|Indoor Hard||QF||Rafael Nadal||64 675 64|
|2008||ATP Masters Series Indian Wells |
|Outdoor Hard||R16||Rafael Nadal||674 763 75|
|2008||Australian Open |
|Outdoor Hard||SF||Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||62 63 62|
|2007||US Open |
|Outdoor Hard||R32||Rafael Nadal||763 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.
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!
Source: ATP Tour