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.
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!