Australian Open QF: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Denis Shapovalov?

Rafael Nadal continues his quest for a 21st Grand Slam title on Tuesday when he takes on Denis Shapovalov in the quarterfinals. The match will be the fifth meeting between the pair, with our champ leading the head-to-head 3-1.

Date: January 25, 2022

Match time: Rafa is third match on Rod Laver. NOT BEFORE 2 PM AEDT local time / 10 PM EST – New York, Montreal / 3 AM GMT – United Kingdom / 4 AM CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy.  To convert to your local time, use this website.

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Denis on playing Rafa:

It’s always an honour to go up against a guy like Rafa. It’s always going to be a battle against him. It’s going to be a tough one but I’m going to enjoy it.

Rafa on playing Denis:

Shapovalov is a player with amazing potential. Everybody knows that when he’s playing well, it’s very difficult to stop him with [his] big serve, amazing forehand, and he’s very quick.

Rafa has won his last 21 Tour-level matches against fellow lefthanders. He has not lost a match to a lefthanded player since falling to Denis Shapovalov in the 3rd round at 2017 Montreal-1000 – although he did give a walkover to Shapovalov in the semifinals at 2019 Paris-1000. He has a 109-14 win-loss record against lefthanders at Tour-level.

Rafa has also won 33 of the 36 matches he has contested against lefthanded players at the Grand Slams. His only defeats came against Gilles Muller in both the 2nd round at 2006 Wimbledon and the round of 16 at 2017 Wimbledon and against Fernando Verdasco in the 1st round here in 2016.

He is bidding to win his 24th Tour-level hard court title and claim 7th place on the Open Era list for most Tour-level hard court titles won, ahead of Jimmy Connors. He equalled Connors after winning his 23rd hard court title at Melbourne earlier this month.



  1. I’m afraid I do not see Rafa going past ”Dennis de Menace”…Au Revoir to Rafa, good bye great one.

  2. Interesting revelations-Wilander goosebumps and Cressy lesson on how to crack Medvedev mentality. All the best against Shap. 👏💪👍🤛🍀🎾❤️

    • You go Rafa ~ Show the world who the true GOAT is! Sending you ❤❤🙏🏼🙏🏼& all the best wishes!

  3. Good luck in this match Rafa!

    I shall wake up at 3am to cheer you on champ, so you better be on your best behavior, aka no drama!!

  4. Rafa you know youve got this title .. noone can match your mental strength and determination. You’re back to your Rafa ways and when you’re in that mode I don’t think anyone can stop you. This is when you get that 21st slam!! I’m celebrating already .. I love you Rafa ..

  5. Bless your Heart, Rafa. I really hope you win this match against Denis! But, most of all, I wish you will win this Championship. Vamos, Mr. Nadal! 🙏🏻♥️🙏🏻

  6. Rafa, do what you do best in your match against Denis. He may have youth on his side, but you have which is more important,
    experience and determination. You are on the lap home and my very best wishes for you to achieve your goal. Vamos Rafa for always

  7. Rafa is in the twilight of his unbelievable career, each match is even more precious…ready to cheer for my super idol any time!❤️

    Vamos Rafa💪

  8. Rafa this is your time to shine vamosssssss champ all the way 🔥👍👏❤️💪🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

  9. Vamos Rafa, great! So good to have you up there in the quarterfinals!

    PS: The first defeat against Muller was in 2005, not 2006. In 2006 Rafa reached his first Wimby final.

  10. The harbor is in sight, the wind is behind you, set your sails, and tack wisely. Your wisdom will carry you rough waters.Vamos captain,,

    • Rafa, you can do it, we all know that, and you know it also 😉. Is gonna be difficult, yes, as usual against Shapo or any Top 10 players. However, how many times you did it??. And YOU ARE IN A STATE OF GRACE AND RENEWED 🙏🏻😌.
      You have something that all the rest have no: apart from your skills and knowledge, ‘that thing’ you have inside, that mix made of Fire, Passion, Values, Principles, emphatic, the Afection, the Love and support you receive…Don’t you see almost every one wants you to win this match and this Tournament??!!. Let’s make them happy, the aussies are melting with you, all of us, alwaysssssss.
      Vamos Rafa contigo siempre hasta el final💪🏻💪🏻✨💥🌊⚡🌈🔥🔥, éste es tu momento, AO te espera!!!. Vuela pues Rafa…🍀 🕊️ 💚

  11. Rafa keep on the journey as it’s been fantastic so far.
    Denis is playing well but you Weill be ready. Best of luck Rafa🇪🇸⭐️☘️

  12. I’ll be right there! RAFA FOR 21 !!!

    As much as I dislike Kyrgios’ attitude most of the time, I really hope that he and Kokkinakis win the doubles title and lift the trophy in their home country.

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