Rafael Nadal’s title defense Down Under will start off against talented Brit Jack Draper on Monday. This will be the first meeting on the tour between the two players.
Rafa is scheduled to play the third match of the day session at the Rod Laver Arena, with the match not starting before 2:30 pm local time.
Date: January 16, 2023
Match time: Not before 2:30 PM AEDT local time / 10:30 PM EST – New York, Montreal (Sunday) / 3:30 AM GMT – United Kingdom / 4:30 AM CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy. To convert to your local time, use this website.
Rafa is just 1-6 in singles matches since the U.S. Open, and he fights a potentially challenging battle.
Jack reached the semifinals in two tournaments over the last three months, and he is a top-40 player in the world with a win over Felix Auger-Aliassime at the 2022 U.S. Open.
Jack on playing Rafa:
“I think Rafa is the No. 1 seed for a reason. He’s obviously an incredible player. He’s one of the greats. I’ve just got to try and block all that out and just try and go and compete my hardest in order to do my best to win the match.”
Our champ is gunning for his third title in Melbourne following his triumphs in 2009 and 2022.
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!