Australian Open SF: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Grigor Dimitrov?

Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates his victory against against Canada's Milos Raonic during their men's singles quarter-final match on day ten of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 25, 2017. / AFP / WILLIAM WEST / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Jan. 24, 2017 - Source: AFP)
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On Friday, Rafael Nadal will play Bulgarian 15th seed Grigor Dimitrov in the semifinal at the 2017 Australian Open.

Date: January 27, 2017

Match time: Not before 7.30 PM local time (Melbourne) / 3.30 AM EST –  New York, Montreal / 8.30 AM GMT – United Kingdom / 9.30 AM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy. To convert to your local time, use this website.

Rafa on facing Dimitrov:

He’s a player that has an unbelievable talent, unbelievable potential. He started the season playing unbelievable.

It’s going to be a very tough match for me. I hope for him, too. I’m going to try to play my best because I know he’s playing with high confidence.

This will be the ninth time that Rafa and Grigor meet. Our champ leads the H2H record 7-1. The lone win for Grigor occurred in their last match at Beijing last October.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

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Australian Open QF: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Milos Raonic?

On Wednesday, Rafael Nadal will play his quarter-final match at the Australian Open against the big-serving Canadian third seed Milos Raonic, who won the pair’s last meeting in Brisbane earlier this month.

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates match point in his fourth round match against Gael Monfils of France on day eight of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 23, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Jan. 22, 2017 - Source: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images AsiaPac)
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Date: January 25, 2017

Match time: 7.30 PM local time (Melbourne) / 3.30 AM EST –  New York, Montreal / 8.30 AM GMT – United Kingdom / 9.30 AM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy. To convert to your local time, use this website.

Rafa on playing Milos Raonic:

I think going to be a tough match for me, for sure. Hopefully for him, too. In Brisbane he beat me. But at the same time is true that I have been close. A set up and important break point that I had passing shot, no?

Is tough. He’s an opponent that make you feel that you’re playing with a lot of pressure all the time because his serve is huge and he’s playing very aggressive from the baseline. So going to be a very tough match, no?

But I hope to be ready for it. I need to be very focused with my serve and play aggressive. If I am not playing aggressive, then I am dead, because he plays aggressive.

  • Rafa is bidding to reach a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time since he won the title at 2014 Roland Garros.
  • He is bidding to reach his 5th Australian Open semifinal and move into joint-7th position on the table for most appearances in the last 4 here in the Open Era.
  • He is bidding to reach his 24th Grand Slam semifinal and close the gap on Andre Agassi in 5th place for the most Grand Slam semifinal appearances in the Open Era.
  • Rafa is bidding to record his 50th Australian Open match-win and become the 4th man in the Open Era to record 50 Australian Open match-wins after Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Stefan Edberg.
  • The Australian Open is Rafa’s 2nd most successful Grand Slam in terms of match-wins, but his least successful in terms of titles won and semifinals reached.
  • Rafa is bidding to reach his 24th Grand Slam semifinal. He has a 23-6 win-loss record in quarterfinals at the majors – but 4 of his 6 losses in the last 8 have come at Melbourne Park. He has a 4-4 win-loss record in the last 8 here, compared to 9-1 at Roland Garros, 5-0 at Wimbledon and 5-1 at the US Open.
  • If he wins on Wednesday Rafa is projected to rise to No. 6 in the ATP rankings – unless either David Goffin or Grigor Dimitrov go on to win the title here, when he would be No. 7. If Rafa wins the title in Melbourne, he will rise to No. 4. (Stats via ITF tennis)

This marks the ninth time that Rafa and Milos will meet on the professional tour. Overall our champ leads the head to head 6-2.  Continue reading “Australian Open QF: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Milos Raonic?”

Australian Open R4: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Gael Monfils?

Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a backhand in his third round match against Alexander Zverev of Germany on day six of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 21, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Jan. 20, 2017 - Source: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images AsiaPac)
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Rafael Nadal will play Gael Monfils in the fourth round on Monday – an opponent he holds a 12-2 record against.

Rafa has won the last four meetings, including a 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 victory at the Australian Open in 2014.

Date: January 23, 2017

Match time: It’s the second match of the evening session on Rod Laver Arena and follow the conclusion of the women’s singles clash between Karolina Pliskova and Daria Gavrilova. 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 on playing Gael Monfils:

He’s the No. 6 in the world, no? He’s playing great. He had an amazing year last year. He started the season again playing very well.

Going to be a big, big match. Very tough one. I need to play my best.

A win would give Rafa his 30th appearance in a Grand Slam quarterfinal.

Monfils on playing Rafa:

It’s always a pleasure to play against Rafa. We had a big battle in Monte-Carlo – he won this one, but I’m going to recover good tonight and I’ll be ready for the next day.

Here are the matches our champ and the often- acrobatic Monfils have played against each other:

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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.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

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)
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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.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

Australian Open R1: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Florian Mayer?

Rafael Nadal of Spain signs a string for the oversized raquet during a Kia Key handover ceremony at Garden Square in Melbourne Park January 15, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Jan. 14, 2017 - Source: Daniel Pockett/Getty Images AsiaPac)
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Rafael Nadal, the 2009 champion and seeded ninth this year, will play German Florian Mayer (currently ranked 49 in the world) in the first round of the Australian Open on Tuesday.

Date: January 17, 2017

Match time: Rafa is third match on Rod Laver Arena. Approximately 3 PM local time / 11 PM EST (Monday 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 and Florian will be facing each other for the third time. The head-to-head series is tied 1-1, but they have not faced each other since 2012, when Rafa got the job done 6-1, 7-5 on the clay courts in Rome.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

Brisbane QF: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Milos Raonic?

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 05: Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a forehand during his quarter final match against Mischa Zverev of Germany during day five of the 2017 Brisbane International at Pat Rafter Arena on January 5, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
Rafael Nadal plays a forehand during his quarter final match against Mischa Zverev of Germany during day five of the 2017 Brisbane International at Pat Rafter Arena on January 5, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal will meet Milos Raonic on Friday for a place in the semi-finals of the Brisbane International.

Date: January 6, 2017

Match time: 7 PM local time / 4 AM EST –  New York, Montreal / 9 AM GMT – United Kingdom / 10 AM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 8 PM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

Rafa on playing Milos Raonic:

It’s going to be a very hard match (against Raonic).

He likes this court so much, having won the final last year and playing well in other years. He had a fantastic year last year.

This marks the eighth time that Rafa and Milos will meet on the professional tour. The Canadian has a 1-6 record against our champ with no meetings last year after they had split the result of two encounters the year before. Milos’s only win was on hardcourts in the Indian Wells Masters in 2015.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!
Source: ATP World Tour