US Open R1: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Rinky Hijikata in New York City?

Rafael Nadal will kick off his US Open campaign on Tuesday against Australian wildcard Rinky Hijikata — a 21-year-old who recently made his top-200 breakthrough.

Date: August 30, 2022

Match time: 7 PM EDT –  New York, Montreal / midnight BST – United Kingdom / 1 AM CEST – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 9 AM AEST – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

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Rafa has lost only four of his 39 matches this year. He has a fabulous record at Flushing Meadows, winning 64 of his 75 matches, including four titles.

2022 Record: 35-4

2022 Titles: 4

Last 5 U.S. Opens: 2021-Did Not Play, 2020-DNP, 2019-W, 2018-SF, 2017-W

With a fifth title in New York, Rafa will secure the top spot along with Roger Federer, Jimmy Connors and Pete Sampras as the players with the most titles at the US Open in men’s singles.

Our champ is the all-time men’s leader with 22 major singles titles, one more than Novak Djokovic (21) and two more than Roger Federer (20)



  1. The experts who put Taylor Fritz in the finals from the top half were wrong. He lost to fellow American B. Holt.

    Similarly Tsitsipas drops off the list of players who could become No. 1 by winning the US Open. He lost to someone named Galen.

    These losses benefit Medvedev quite a bit.

    Go Rafa!

  2. According to a report from spain nadal had a sexual relationship with Shakira in 2009. I dont know if that is true but if its true rafa has some explaining to do towards his wife and it means huge blow to his image.

    • This is a rumor until confirmed by Rafa himself. No need to spread vicious and malignant rumors. This is irrelevant to the tennis that will be played in the next 2 weeks. Just a poorly timed attempt to distract Rafa from his goal of winning the US Open.

    • I doubt that …have you seen the video… he is so shy and awkward in it… I don’t believe any of it…. Just like they said he was doping and I even heard that he was gay! Just not a nice time to bring it up with Mery in the hospital & very pregnant.

  3. Two respected tennis experts, Steve Tignor and Gill Gross, have independently predicted a final between Rafa and Taylor Fritz with Rafa winning it all. I think Rafa would be even more of a favorite if it were not for the concerns about the lingering ab injury. From the quotes I see here and elsewhere it is clear that Rafa is concerned too and is taking nothing for granted.

    I would hate to see Taylor Fritz in the final because he is just a bad luck charm for Rafa and injuries. But I would still like Rafa’s chances of winning.

    Go Rafa!

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