Australian Open R1: What time does Rafa play against James Duckworth?

Rafael Nadal will start his Australian Open 2019 campaign against unseeded local James Duckworth on Monday. The pair have never met on the tour before.

Date: January 14, 2019

Match time: Rafa is second match on Rod Laver. Around 12.30 PM local time (AEDT) / 8.30 PM EST (Sunday) – New York, Montreal / 1.30 AM GMT – United Kingdom / 2.30 AM CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy.  To convert to your local time, use this website.

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Rafa, 2009 champion, is bidding to reach the second round at the Australian Open for the 13th time. This is his 14th appearance in Melbourne and his 55th Grand Slam overall.

Rafa has a 55-12 record at the Melbourne major, including three runner-up finishes in 2012 (l. to Djokovic), 2014 (l. to Wawrinka) and 2017 (l. to Federer), and he will be contesting his first tournament since September 2018.

Our champ has a chance at No. 1 during the Aussie fortnight. He will regain the top spot in the ATP Rankings on 28 January if he wins the title and Novak Djokovic does not reach the fourth round.


Source: ATP Tour


  1. The Spirit is willing n the Flesh is Strong so go for it Rafa my Son n show the World you are the GOAT. We love you Rafa n will be with you all the way, so. … do it Your Way Rafa! Wish I could be in Melbourne to see you play in person! 😥😥. Vamos Rafael. Your Aussie Abuela Nan Shirley. 🐂🏆👑💥💥💥

    • Acapulco, IW and Miami are all on Rafa’s schedule. Whether he’ll actually play any or all 3 is in the lap of the gods.

    • Yes I saw his schedule and Indian Wells on the list . I hope he manages his schedule and rests his body .

  2. Can’t wait for the Australian Open
    It will be fantastic to see Rafa back
    All the very best on Monday I shall be watching ofcourse 👀🎾👍

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