Three-time champion Rafael Nadal continues his US Open campaign on Thursday when he faces Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis in the second round at Flushing Meadows.
Kokkinakis, who’s career has been decimated by injuries, won his first Grand Slam match since the 2015 French Open in his Round 1, beating Illya Ivashka in four sets.
Date: August 29, 2019
Match time: Around 9 PM EDT – New York, Montreal / 2 AM BST – United Kingdom / 3 AM CEST – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 11 AM AEST – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.
The first meeting between the two came at the 2014 Australian Open where Rafa won in three straightforward sets.
Rafa on playing Thanasi Kokkinakis:
Yeah, he’s young. He has a big forehand, big serve. He’s a dangerous opponent, of course.
I need to go on court and to play well. If not, will be a very difficult match. So let’s see. I think I had more or less positive feelings tonight. I need to keep improving every single day.
Winning with that result allow me more to have a good practice. I hope to be ready for after tomorrow knowing is a tough challenge, Thanasi in the second round.
Kokkinakis on playing Rafa:
I give myself a chance for sure. It’s going to be tough – very physical but I’m ready for it.
I know what he brings. I’ve seen him play enough, I hope. I’m going to play my game and see what happens.
I’ve played a lot of lefties in my last tournament so just treat it like a better version of them.
I’m going to give it a crack.
Good luck and Vamos Rafa!