The wait is over: the first Grand Slam of the season is here. The Australian Open (January 17-30) is the first major event of the year, a setting where Rafa Nadal intends to continue his great start to 2022 after he lifted the title at the Melbourne Summer Set just a week ago. Next, we review the rival and schedule of the first match of the man from Manacor.
Nadal’s first rival at the Australian Open 2022
Rafa Nadal will start his journey at the Australian Open against the American Marcos Giron, number 66 in the ATP ranking. Both were close to meeting in the melbourne summer set, where the Spaniard raised his first title of the year, but Giron was eliminated early by a tennis player from the previous phase. It will be the first clash between the two, an unprecedented duel.
Date and time
Nadal, who will start at the top of the draw in Melbourne, will play his match against Giron in the third round of the Rod Laver Arena Court, so the start of his debut is scheduled for not before 04:00 in Spain (2:00 p.m. local time).