Australian Open R3: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Karen Khachanov?

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World No. 5 Rafael Nadal continues his Australian Open campaign on Friday as he takes on Russian 28th seed Karen Khachanov in the third round. The two have played each other seven times before this, with Rafa leading 7-0 in the head-to-head. 

Date: January 21, 2022

Match time: Rafa is second night match on Rod Laver. Around 9 PM AEDT 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 on playing Karen:

Playing against Khachanov now, probably Khachanov … always is a big challenge against Karen [and] in my situation today, going to be even more. I never think that far, you can imagine now less than ever, no?

The Russian has played quite well so far in 2022, reaching the finals and quarterfinals of the two warm-up events prior to the season’s first Grand Slam.

Rafa, who won the Australian Open title in 2009 and advanced to the quarter-finals in 2020 and 2021, is attempting to become just the second man behind Novak Djokovic to win all four majors at least twice. 



  1. Nice going champ! 2 breaks in the 4th set and serving for the match. Do it with no drama Rafa!

    Oh, and it’s great to see Rafa punching invisible aggressors:):) What a beautiful sight!


  2. Oh Rafa… just after I tell you we don’t want no drama, you get your serve broken?

    How about you break back, stop the slide and win this match as soon as possible?

    Stay sharp champ!

  3. More of the same in the third set Rafa!

    The commentators say Rafa is even more intense in his practices… YIKES!

    Keep up that intensity champ, and bring this match to a close without any drama:)

  4. I have no doubt that Rafa will come through with flying colours against Khachanov. Vamos! Vamos!

  5. Rafa is leading Khachanov 7-0 in the head to head. I have no doubt he will come through with flying colours. VAMOS RAFA!!

  6. It’s good that Rafa will be playing a night match against Khachanov as there won’t be the intense heat to sap his energy.

    • Yes and No. Night conditions won’t help his topspin. Don’t forget he has had difficulty hitting through the court against thiem for example when the ball played slower. If anything he needs to hit more flat and his backhand will be key. Anyway, I hope he is on guard.

      • That’s true z1az. Rafa likes the sunshine and hot conditions which make the balls bounce higher. I was just thinking about how the heat and humidity would affect his energy level as he’s older now. Either way, Rafa is a great problem solver and he’ll adjust his game accordingly.

    • Good luck for your next match Rafa!!. We know from now on(and in this case is gonna be a bit tough). But you can do it Rafa, you are playing different, you have your weapons, VAMOS RAFA! 💪🏻💪🏻 adelante siempre contigo 💥🌊✨🌈🔥.
      You creature of light, Fire, your shine 💚.
      Step by step…your way, your path 😉

  7. Rafa good luck you got this is your time the sine vamosssssss champ we are with you all the way 👍💪❤️🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🎾

  8. All good wishes to Rafa who is now ranked No 5 . What a great achievement as he hadn’t really played since RG. 🇪🇸⭐️☘️

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