Australian Open R4: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Fabio Fognini in Melbourne?

World No. 2 Rafael Nadal will take on tricky Italian Fabio Fognini for a spot in the Australian Open quarterfinals on Monday afternoon.

Date: February 15, 2021

Match time: Rafa is third match on Rod Laver. Not before 3 PM AEDT local time / 11 PM EST – New York, Montreal / 4 AM GMT – United Kingdom / 5 AM CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy.  To convert to your local time, use this website.


Rafa leads Fognini 12-4 overall, though in the pair’s last major meeting, the Italian defeated Rafa in the third round of the 2015 US Open by rallying from two sets down—the first to upstage Rafa from that position.

2019ATP Masters 1000 Canada
Outdoor HardQFRafael Nadal26 61 62
2019ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo
Outdoor ClaySFFabio Fognini64 62
2018ATP Masters 1000 Rome
Outdoor ClayQFRafael Nadal46 61 62
2017ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai
Outdoor HardR16Rafael Nadal63 61
2017ATP Masters 1000 Madrid
Outdoor ClayR32Rafael Nadal763 36 64
2017ATP Masters 1000 Miami
FL, U.S.A.
Outdoor HardSFRafael Nadal61 75
Outdoor ClayQFRafael Nadal62 761
Outdoor HardSFRafael Nadal75 63
2015US Open
NY, U.S.A.
Outdoor HardR32Fabio Fognini36 46 64 63 64
Outdoor ClayFRafael Nadal75 75
Outdoor ClayR16Fabio Fognini64 766
2015Rio de Janeiro
Outdoor ClaySFFabio Fognini16 62 75
2014ATP Masters 1000 Miami
FL, U.S.A.
Outdoor HardR16Rafael Nadal62 62
Outdoor HardQFRafael Nadal26 64 61
2013Roland Garros
Outdoor ClayR32Rafael Nadal765 64 64
2013ATP Masters 1000 Rome
Outdoor ClayR32Rafael Nadal61 63

Rafa on playing Fabio:

“He’s one of the most talented players on Tour with a lot of amazing things. When he’s playing well, he’s one of the most dangerous opponents on Tour without a doubt. He had an amazing victory against a great opponent [in De Minaur], so [it] will be a very tough match. I hope to be ready for it.”

Fabio on facing Rafa:

“I’m really looking forward, trying to be ready again for a great match in front of me. I mean, have a really good friend. I have one of the best players in the world.”

Rafa, a 20-time major champion, is bidding to become the first man in the Open Era – and only the third man in history – to win each of the four Grand Slam championship singles trophies twice. Australians Roy Emerson and Rod Laver are the only players to have won each major on two or more occasions.



  1. Congratulations to rafa. I hope that he will face berretini instead of tsiparas. Nadal has won 33 sets in a row. If he wins the next match in 3 sets he will equalize the atp record which is currently in the hands of federer (36 sets in a row) produced in 2007.

    I believe this year is the year for rafa to win a second australian open title. Nole is nowhere his best. He has played one five setter and two four setters. I predict he will be one more five setter and one four setter so by the time he is in the final he will be exhausted.

    For rafa sake I trully hope that rublev will defeat medvedev. I am sorry i am still not over the loss from rafa against medvedev in the semi final of the atp tour finals last year. Nadal was serving for the match and that was the opportunity for rafa to win the atp tour finals for the first time

  2. Think about this. Of the 4 matches that Rafa lost to Fognini, only 1 was on hard court back in 2015.
    I hope it’s a good day for Rafa.


  3. Muscle tear? What muscle tear? There’s no way that Novak could have taken to the court with that level of injury. After his match with Fritz he said ” I know I have a tear.” Do we know the results of the CT scan? No? There’s no denying that he sustained an injury, but it’s got to be a pulled muscle at the most.

    Raonic had a golden opportunity to seize his first victory over Djokovic, but he just couldn’t do it. I think Djokovic knew it was a muscle strain and decided to play through it. There is no denying his resilience, but he would never risk the serious damage caused by playing with a muscle tear. I’m hoping the only thing he walks away from the AO with, is an award for fakery.

    • Novak is fake. He says Sascha has same injury except other side, in his after match with Milos. Just looking at him makes me cringe. Was expecting a med.timeout…and you’d imagine he would have, especially for stomach muscle. Well hope Sascha know him into next week

  4. I hope you can win this mat9ch he’s a very good player on his good days which l am sure you know all the best rafa xxx

  5. Rafa good luck you can do it champ we are with you all the way vamosssssss all the love from you fans 🎾😘👍💪💪🎾😘

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