Rafael Nadal will meet Novak Djokovic in the final of the Australian Open in Melbourne on Sunday.
Date: January 27, 2019
Match time: 7:30 PM AEDT local time / 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.
The two have played each other 52 times. The current head to head is 27 to 25 in favour of Djokovic.
This is the 25th Tour-level final that the pair have contested, giving them sole ownership of the Open Era record for most match-ups in Tour-level finals. This is the first Tour-level final the pair have contested since 2016 Doha, which Djokovic won in straight sets.
This is the pair’s 8th meeting in a Grand Slam final which gives them sole ownership of 2nd place on the Open Era list for most match-ups in Grand Slam finals. This is their first meeting in a Grand Slam final since 2014 Roland Garros, which Rafa won in 4 sets. They have previously contested 3 finals at the US Open, 2 finals at Roland Garros, and one final both here and at Wimbledon.
This is the pair’s 2nd meeting at the Australian Open. In their only previous meeting here, in the 2012 final, they contested the longest Australian Open final on record, with Djokovic winning 57 64 62 67(5) 75 in 5 hours 53 minutes.
Rafa is bidding to end a 7-match losing streak against Djokovic on hard courts. He has not defeated Djokovic on a hard court since the final at the 2013 US Open. This is their 26th meeting on a hard court. Djokovic leads the head-to-head on hard court 18-7 – by comparison, Rafa leads the clay court head-to-head 16-7 and they are tied 2-2 on grass.
Rafa can become the first man in the Open Era to win every Grand Slam title twice or more, while Djokovic is bidding to become the first man to win seven titles at the Australian Open.
Our champ is bidding for an 18th Grand Slam title, which would see him close the gap on Federer at the top of the all-time list for most Grand Slam men’s singles titles.
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!