Rafael Nadal has become the protagonist of a dream start to the season. The Spanish champion has already posted three trophies on the showcase, winning the Australian Open to general amazement. The former world number 1 reassembled Daniil Medvedev in the final two sets, confirming once again that he is an absolute legend of modern sport.
Success in Melbourne also allowed him to overtake Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time Grand Slam rankings. Rafa became the fourth man in history to have conquered all majors at least twice (along with Djokovic, Rod Laver and Roy Emerson).
The 35-year-old from Manacor is still unbeaten in 2022, having won his first 16 games this year. The Iberian went one step away from defeat on their debut at Indian Wells against Sebastian Korda, having had to recover from a double break in the deciding set.
The Majorcan, who has already given up on the Miami Open, will now face Dan Evans. To Eurosport's microphones, Chris Evert said she was amazed by Rafa's performance.
Evert talks about Rafa Nadal
"I am surprised Rafael Nadal's body has held up as well as it has, because of the way he plays," Evert said.
"He has to exert more energy on the court in practice and in his matches than any other top player. And it's gruelling the way he competes and practices. And I think he's made some adjustments to his practice. And I think the time off in between injuries that he's had in the last few years has helped him to take a break.
It has surprised me physically, but on the other hand, it hasn't surprised me mentally at all," Evert added. "Because he's hungrier than any other athlete on this planet and he has a passion for tennis unlike any.
And it shows in everything that he does. So it doesn't surprise me mentally." Chris Evert also expressed her view that Daniil Medvedev and Rafael Nadal are the two favorites to win the 2022 Indian Wells Masters men's singles event.
"I think more importantly, Nadal, since he took that break, has been hungrier," Evert continued. "And when you take time off, you really are a little more alert, a little more focused, a little fresher. And I think Nadal came back pretty strong after his foot injury.
If they were to face off, I think it would be more about Nadal's current form and the fact that the court is a little bit slower that would affect Medvedev. I don't think the thought of the Australian Open would affect him as much."