Australian Open R3: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Alexander Zverev?

2009 champ Rafael Nadal will continue his Australian Open campaign when he takes the court against rising German star Alexander Zverev (currently ranked 24 in the world) on Saturday.

Rafael Nadal of Spain looks on in his second round match against Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus on day four of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 19, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Jan. 18, 2017 - Source: Scott Barbour/Getty Images AsiaPac)
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Date: January 21, 2017

Match time: Rafa is third match on Rod Laver Arena. Approximately 3 PM local time / 11 PM EST (Friday night) –  New York, Montreal / 4 AM GMT – United Kingdom / 5 AM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy. To convert to your local time, use this website.

Rafa on playing Sascha Zverev:

It will be a high quality match. He’s a potential Grand Slam winner and a big talent. He’s improving in every moment. He’s a player that can be a future world No.1 so it will be a big challenge for me. I’ll need to play my best.

Rafa and Zverev will be facing each other for the second time. When they met in Indian Wells last year, our champ saved one match point in a 6-7(8), 6-0, 7-5 win. Zverev had led 5-2 in the deciding set.


‘I love you too!’ – Rafael Nadal responds to fan during interview [VIDEO]

Rafael Nadal’s interview with Jim Courier after the match.

Video: Australian Open

VIDEO: Here’s Rafael Nadal’s thoughts on Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open exit

Q. Are you satisfied after what you have done tonight?
RAFAEL NADAL: Obviously yes. I won in straight sets against a difficult opponent. So very happy for the victory, no? I think I can do things better, is true. I can have some less — I need to have some less mistakes. But in general, I have been playing well. I played solid with my serve.

Then I created lot of chances on the return against a player that serves, well, no? So that’s a good news.

Conditions changed a lot. I didn’t play during the night before I went on court. The ball change drastically, no? Is a big change of the ball during the day and with warm conditions, the ball is flying a lot, the ball is quick. During the night, the ball is big and heavy, no? Needed a little bit of time to understand what happened.

When the match was coming, I was playing better.

Q. Very animated when you won that last point. What does it mean to you to be playing the sort of tennis you are after struggling last year?
RAFAEL NADAL: I am happy to be on the tour. You know, for me the most important thing is win matches, no? When you have been away, off the tour for a while, you need to come back. The thing that you need is win, victories, no?

I know I have been working great. I know I have been working a lot and very well. I have been practicing at high level. So every time that I have the chance to go on court, I am able to have more confidence on what I’m doing, no?

I have now a chance after tomorrow. That’s an important thing for me. I’m very happy for that.

Q. Your next opponent, your thoughts on him? He’s obviously a big challenge.
RAFAEL NADAL: For sure, no? Is a great player. Is one of the best players of the world, without a doubt, today. And he’s a player that is for sure one of the next Grand Slam winners. He has a big chance to become the future world No. 1, no? If he’s able to keep improving the way that he’s doing, I don’t have doubt that his potential is so, so high.

I know I have a very tough match, and I know I need to play my best if I want to have chances. That is what I am looking for.

Q. It must have been a bit of a shock to see Novak go out today after he’s been so dominant here. Were you able to take much notice of it or were you just focused on your match?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, I really didn’t see the match. I was playing a game with my team. I just see, the real thing, I just see the last point.  Continue reading “VIDEO: Here’s Rafael Nadal’s thoughts on Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open exit”

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal to face Alexander Zverev in Australian Open after beating Marcos Baghdatis

2009 Australian Open champion Rafael Nadal has made it through to the third round of the Grand Slam following a straight-sets win over Marcos Baghdatis.

Rafa saw off the Cypriot’s challenge in impressive fashion on Thursday, dispatching of his opponent 6-3, 6-1, 6-3.

Since I wasn’t able to watch Rafa’s match I’m really happy to read that our champ showed enough of the old passion and firepower in the two hour 13-minute clinic at Rod Laver Arena.

After the match, Rafa said:

It was a good match. I didn’t play during the night yet so the conditions were different and it was tough to adjust at the beginning. Marcos is a great player, especially in this court, he has a special feeling. It was a great victory. I feel great in my body with no injuries now, I can’t ask for anything more. (via Australian Open)

Rafa will play German Alexander Zverev in the next round.

Australian Open R2: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Marcos Baghdatis?

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 17: Sweat drips off the nose of Rafael Nadal of Spain in his first round match against Florian Mayer of Germany on day two of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 17, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

On Thursday, fourteen-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal will face 2006 finalist Marcos Baghdatis in the second round of the Australian Open.

Date: January 19, 2017

Match time: It’s the second evening match of the day and follows the conclusion of Serena Williams’ second round duel with Lucie Safarova. Approximately 8.30 PM local time / 4.30 AM EST –  New York, Montreal / 9.30 AM GMT – United Kingdom / 10.30 AM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy. To convert to your local time, use this website.

Rafa has won eight of nine meetings with the Cypriot. The pair last met back in 2015 at the Stuttgart Open where our champ beat his rival in a thrilling three-setter.


WATCH: Rafael Nadal’s on court interview – Australian Open R1

Rafael Nadal’s interview with Jim Courier after the match.

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Rafael Nadal: I’m going to fight to be better than No.9 in the world

Q. Why did you check your watch just then?
RAFAEL NADAL: I was checking how late I am (smiling).

Q. Are you always late?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah. In Mallorca, the time is, you know… In Mallorca, there is a thing, when we are going, we say, I am coming. Time is tough to be 100% on time in an island. But we work a lot (smiling).

Q. You didn’t have many problems today. You won all your serve games, which is a good sign for you. It’s a good sign for your form, isn’t it?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, is always the same, no? When I win my serve, there is two things. Obviously, you need to serve well. Most important thing, I not a player who win the serves because I serve aces or free points, no.

When I winning a lot of serves is because I am playing well from the baseline. That’s why.

Q. How did it feel, in general, to be back out there playing?
RAFAEL NADAL: Great. I think I played solid match, no? It was great to be back on the big stadium. I feel the support of the people, love the people. That is something that is very special for me. Just happy to see the court like this and the people supporting me. So just can say thanks.

I am happy the way I am playing. I had good weeks of practice. Never easy the first round. Is always little bit more nerves at the beginning. I didn’t play against an easy opponent. The way that he plays is not a conventional game. You know, he change a lot of the rhythm of the point, you know, changing with a slice, then he hit a winner. Then he play little bit slower ball. Is not easy to read his game, no?

So just am happy the way that I played. I played good all the key points. That’s very important for me.

Q. Straight sets, center court. Would you say it’s the best possible start for you?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don’t know. I am in the next round without losing a set, so… I don’t know if is the perfect start or not. I don’t think about that. I am just think that I played a solid match, straight-set win. I hit a lot of winners. That’s a positive thing for me.  Continue reading “Rafael Nadal: I’m going to fight to be better than No.9 in the world”