Australian Open R2: What time will Rafael Nadal play Mackenzie McDonald?

Top seed Rafael Nadal will face Mackenzie McDonald in the second round of the 2023 Australian Open on Wednesday. The American beat compatriot Brandon Nakashima 7-6, 7-6, 1-6, 6-7, 6-4 in his first-round clash.

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Date: January 18, 2023

Match time: Third on after two women’s matches, so expected around 3 PM AEDT local time / 11 PM EST – New York, Montreal (Tuesday) / 4 AM GMT – United Kingdom / 5 AM CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy.  To convert to your local time, use this website.

Venue: Rod Laver Arena

Rafa leads McDonald 1-0 in the head-to-head. He won their previous encounter at the 2020 French Open in straight sets.

Our champ is chasing a record-extending 23rd major title this fortnight and is ready to draw confidence from his opening victory against fast-rising Briton Jack Draper as he seeks to create more history in Melbourne.



  1. My family and I cried after Rafa got injured and lost. We know Rafa will work hard to recover and make a come back to the sport that he loves. Rafa, best wishes for a speedy recovery and return.

  2. Sadly, Rafa is out of the AO. It seems he has lost the spirit of fight in the middle of the battle.;( Anyway, thanks Champ for one more opportunity to see you.

  3. Whew… I’ve never been happier for a Rafa match to be over.

    Rest up and get well soon champ- you will live to fight another day!

  4. Rafa, we will be watching you live in the USA against McDonald today and rooting for you all the way!

  5. Rafa, we know you can and will win this match against McDonald! Best of luck to you to win in straight sets and conserve energy for the next rounds. 🎾💪🏆🍀☀️

  6. Have a glorious time during R2 match, enjoying every minute of it win win win all for 3 sets I pray. Always advancing on every points, break points saved quickly, no deuce and points on you when serving. Dear
    God, give Rafa the expertise and cleverness to play for the win in R2. God bless you! Shalom! GS23 Championship!

  7. Have a great match, Rafa. No extreme weather we hope. Enjoy your time with the family-
    glad they are there with you-no missing that adorable baby👏👍💪🤛🍀🎾❤️

    • It’s either late evening ( a 10 pm scheduled start is a cruel joke) or a very early morning here in the US.

      Vamos Rafa!

  8. I really hope Rafa wins and easily. Yesterday was a mess with extreme heat and rain. I want Rafa to ge healthy and happy whether or not he wins. He was given such a terrible draw.

    • Let’s stop it with the talk of terrible draw… Rafa has to play whoever is in front of him, that’s it- I’ve not seen him complain anywhere ever, about a terrible draw:)

      Good luck Rafa! I’ll be up at 4am rooting for you!

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