World No. 2, Rafael Nadal will be opening his grand tour against American qualifier, Alex Kuznetsov in the 2012 Australian Open.
Top seeded Spaniard; Rafael Nadal will be squaring off with world No.167, Alex Kuznetsov in the opening round of the 2012 Australian Open on Monday, January 16, 2012 at 07:00 GMT, in the opening Grand Slam tournament, which is being held in Melbourne, Australia.
This will be their first head to head against each other in any of the ATP tournaments, as the world No.2; Nadal will be the winner of the today’s first round match.
10-times grand slam champion, Rafael Nadal is aiming for his second title this season at the Australian Open is ready to reclaims his No.1 position in tennis. However, Nadal, who has been suffering from the sore shoulder injury, has a win-loss record of 3-1 in 2012. Nadal in his earlier tournament at Doha has been defeated in the semifinals against the French men, Gael Monfils.
Nadal has recovered from his injury and will be a showing his top class game to get his confidence back to the winning level.
American qualifier, Alex Kuznetsov has been playing in the Challenger circuit for most of his career and has got a win-loss record of 4-14 record in the ATP world tour tournaments.
As per the predictions, it will be straight sets victory for the world No.2, Rafael Nadal.