On Tuesday, Rafael Nadal will play his quarterfinal match at the Australian Open against the rising star Frances Tiafoe, who celebrated his 21st birthday in style with an emotional four-set win over Grigor Dimitrov.
Date: January 22, 2019
Match time: Rafa is second night session match on Rod Laver Arena. Around 9 PM local time (AEDT) / 5 AM EST – New York, Montreal / 10 AM GMT – United Kingdom / 11 AM CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy. To convert to your local time, use this website.
Rafa on facing Tiafoe:
It’s going to be the first time that we play each other. Yeah, he’s playing great. I know him, of course. He’s been on the tour for a while. He’s young. When you have younger players coming, they have always more attention.
He’s a very dynamic player, aggressive one. Of course, he’s dangerous. He’s in the quarter-finals. He won great matches during the whole event. He’s super quick. And he’s able to change directions fast. He goes to the net fast. He has a huge forehand, good serve. So let’s see.
It’s always special when you meet an opponent for the first time, and in the quarterfinals there is only one way to play – very well.
I’m so excited to play Rafa. We’re going to have some fun, going to have some long rallies.
Rafa aims to become the first man to win each of the four Grand Slams twice in the Open era. His only previous triumph at Melbourne Park came in 2009.
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!