World No. 2 Rafael Nadal continues his Australian Open campaign on Saturday as he takes on Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie, who will be playing a third-round match at a Grand Slam for just the second time in his career. It will be the pair’s first meeting.
Date: February 13, 2021
Match time: Rafa is second night match on Rod Laver. 9 PM local time / 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 has never faced the fellow left-handed Brit, and is wary after Norrie dispatched last week’s Murray River Open champion Dan Evans in the first round.
“He came to the tournament winning the week before, so Norrie was able to beat him. Lefty. Good player. He has experience on the tour already. Gonna be the toughest test, without a doubt. I need to be playing at high level if I want to keep having chances to be through. And I am looking forward to try to make that happen.”
Norrie on playing Rafa:
“I have watched Rafa so much over the years and I think he’s obviously not really got many weaknesses. It’s going to be an unbelievable experience. He’s such a legend of the game, but on Saturday night, he’s just another player. He’s a human being. Just go out there and give it to him and see what happens. I can’t wait to go out there and show him what I have got. It’s not gonna be easy.”
The Victorian Government announced overnight that the new measures will come into effect at 11.59pm local time.
An Australian Open statement said: “We are notifying ticket holders, players and staff that there will be no fans onsite at the AO for five days, commencing from Saturday 13 February.”
It means there will be crowds in Melbourne Park for Rafa’s match with the British No.3 player.
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!