Australian Open 2012 Rafael Nadal’s 1st Match Schedule

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I would like to watch Nadal play his first round match, but I don’t know which session I should buy tickets for. As he is Number 2 seed I presume he will play on the 2nd day Tuesday 17th, but does anyone know if the number 2 seed will play in the day session or the evening session???”

Firstly, as the No.2 seed Rafael Nadal will be placed in the bottom half of the draw. The only way to really know for sure when Nadal will play his 1st round match is to wait until the draw is completed on Friday 13 January. Once the draw is completed, the tournament management will then complete the schedule of play for Day 1 for release to the public later that day.

There is no set procedure for whether the No.1 seed (or top half of the draw) will play on Day 1 and the No.2 seed (bottom half of the draw) will play on Day 2 or vice versa. In 2011 Nadal as the No.1 seed did play on Day 1, yet in 2010 Roger Federer as the No.1 seed played his first round match on Day 2. What usually happens is if the Men’s draw plays the top half of the draw on Day 1 then the Women’s draw plays the bottom half of the draw on Day 1.

As far as whether Nadal will play his match in the day session or the evening session, again the only way to know for sure is to wait until the schedule of play is released for the bottom half of the draw.

If asked to guess, then I would tip that Nadal will be play in the day session. This is more likely because in the 1st round the men’s match selected for the night session often features a local player or Australian Open fan favourite as opposed to past champions. As the rounds progress Nadal would become more likely to play in the evening session than in the day session. Of course, if Nadal draws Australian No.1 Bernard Tomic (as he did in the 2011 Australian Open 3rd round) in the 1st round, then he could very well be playing his first round in the evening session!

I hope this helps and please let me know if you would like to know anything further. For all the details that you need to know about the men’s singles draw please click this link-> Australian Open 2012 Men’s Singles Draw and Australian Open 2012 Men’s Qualifying Singles Draw.

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  1. Hi there
    Am trying to sort out whether to go to Wimbledon on day 1 or day 2.
    I want to be there the day Federer plays.
    As he is number 3 in the world he should probably remain number 3 seed even thought it is on grass. With this would you expect to see him day one or two?
    Also even if seeded third, being Federer do you think he will play centre court or court one?
    Thanking you

  2. Hi Kellie,

    Firstly, thank you so much for visiting and commenting on OnCourt Advantage. Feel free to ask your questions and/or what you would like explained about tennis and I will answer or address your questions or queries. Helping everyone enjoy tennis more through a number of means, including increasing people’s understanding of the game is one of the key purposes of OnCourt Advantage. Your site is also EXTREMELY helpful so thank you too!


  3. Hubby has been sitting up every night trying to catch all the matches and is looking like he needs a week’s worth of sleep now!
    Great question too. Wishing I knew a little more about tennis so I could add to the conversation. Still learning about the game! Your site is extremely helpful, OnCourt Advantage. 🙂

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