Rafael Nadal and Matteo Berretting will be squaring off for the second time in their careers when they collide in the Australian Open semifinals on Friday.
Date: January 28, 2022
Match time: Not before 2:30 PM AEDT local time / 10:30 PM EST – New York, Montreal / 3:30 AM GMT – United Kingdom / 4:30 AM CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy. To convert to your local time, use this website.
Rafa on playing Matteo:
He’s one of the best players of the world since a while already. He’s very solid.
I need to play my 100 per cent and my highest level if I want to keep having chances to fight, to be competitive, and to try to be in the final.
Matteo on playing Rafa:
That was the only time [US Open 2019] I’ve played Rafa and was a really tough match for me.
He won the tournament afterwards. Was my first semifinals. I didn’t really know what to expect and even though the first set I had set points, so I’m pretty sure it’s gonna be a great fight. He played five sets as well today. So he needs to rest as well.
By reaching the semifinals in Malbourne, Berrettini has recorded his best Australian Open result. He is now bidding to become the first Italian man in history to reach the Australian Open final. This is his 5th Australian Open and his 16th Grand Slam appearance overall.
Rafa is bidding to defeat a Top 10 player at the Australian Open for the first time since 2017, when he defeated both No. 6 Gael Monfils in the round of 16 and No. 3 Milos Raonic in the quarterfinals. He has a 7-11 win-loss record against Top 10 opposition at the Australian Open.
Berrettini is bidding to defeat a Top 10 player at a Grand Slam for the first time. He has lost all 6 of his previous matches against Top 10 players at the Grand Slams.
Rafa captured his 89th Tour-level title two weeks ago at the Melbourne Summer Set and is bidding to win his 21st Grand Slam this week, which would put him in sole ownership of the most Grand Slam titles in men’s singles history.
Rafa has a 28-7 win-loss record in Grand Slam semifinals overall. Since the beginning of the 2018 season, he has won 5 of the 9 Grand Slam semifinals he has contested, having won the previous 15 Grand Slam semifinals he had played before that.
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!