MELBOURNE: World main Rafael Nadal will launch his marketing campaign to equal Roger Federer´s file of 20 Grand Slam titles when he performs Hugo Dellien on the rain-hit Australian Open on Tuesday.
Solely one in all many snarling Spaniard´s 19 Essential wins have can be found in Melbourne, which implies Nadal may even develop into the first man throughout the Open interval to win all four Grand Slam tournaments a minimal of twice.
An upset seems to be like unlikely in the direction of Bolivia´s Dellien, the world amount 73 who’s making his Australian Open debut and going by way of a top-ranked participant for the first time.
After the opening day was disrupted by heavy rain, with 17 matches postponed, play will begin 30 minutes early on the outer courts in an attempt to clear the backlog.
Women´s amount two Karolina Pliskova is first up on centre courtroom in the direction of France´s Kristina Mladenovic, sooner than unseeded five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova performs Croatia´s Donna Vekic.
Perhaps the battle of the day choices Russia´s Daniil Medvedev, who took Nadal to five models in last 12 months´s US Open remaining, in the direction of 2019 Melbourne quarter-finalist Frances Tiafoe of America.
Tiafoe, Medvedev´s fashionable at 23, beat seeds Kevin Anderson and Grigor Dimitrov sooner than falling to Nadal last 12 months.
He’ll need associated sort on Tuesday in the direction of the extensively tipped world amount four Medvedev.
Australia´s Nick Kyrgios, who has spearheaded fundraising efforts for the nation´s deadly bushfire disaster, opens his marketing campaign in the direction of Lorenzo Sonego of Italy.
Switzerland´s Stan Wawrinka, the 2014 champion, performs Bosnian Damir Dzumhur, and German seventh seed Alexander Zverev will bid to position some early season defeats behind him when he faces Italy´s Marco Cecchinato.
Former world main Angelique Kerber, the 2016 champion, rounds off the evening on Rod Laver Enviornment in the direction of unseeded Italian Elisabetta Cocciaretto.