'That’s why people were supporting Rafael Nadal more', says Top 10



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'That’s why people were supporting Rafael Nadal more', says Top 10

Two days after coming back from 2-5 down in the third set of their second-round match at the BNP Paribas Open, Rafael Nadal defeated Daniel Evans 7-5, 6-3 to reach the round of 16 of the first ATP Masters. 1000 of the season.

The victory also allowed the Spaniard to go 17-0 in 2022, equaling the marks of Pete Sampras and Roger Federer, who started the 1997 and 2018 courses with another 17-0 respectively. With a 2-0 in the ATP Head2Head for Nadal, the match began leaning on the side of No.

4 in the world, who this season has won titles at the Melbourne Summer Set, at the Australian Open and at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC. Nadal jumped into Stadium 1 in Indian Wells after Gael Monfils stunned Daniil Medvedev, No.

1 in the world. The champion of 21 Grand Slam tournaments, however, did not allow the British to give the surprise, and he knew very well how to take advantage of his tennis to hurt his opponent's and continue forward in the Californian desert.

Evans, in any case, made things very difficult for his rival in the first set. The British came to command 4-2, and had another break ball at 5-5, when Nadal had already leveled the match again. Taking advantage of his cut shots, Evans managed to take the lead on the scoreboard, dreaming of scoring that first set.

Against the ropes, Nadal again signed a great reaction that led him to score the first set, paving the way to the round of 16 by overcoming a set that he had very uphill.

Andrey Rublev reflects on Nadal

World No. 7 Andrey Rublev believes Rafael Nadal is the mentally strongest athlete in the history of sport.

The Russian also lauded the Spaniard's 2022 Australian Open final triumph over Daniil Medvedev, saying he has never seen anything else like it in his life. "He can do that even when he’s losing," Rublev continued.

"In the first set [of the Australian Open final], he couldn’t put in even one ball. He was really tight. Then he’s losing two sets to love, and Daniil had opportunities in the third set at 0-40, He just swallowed and swallowed everything, not one word of complaint.

In the end, he was leading, serving for the match but couldn’t make it. Not one word of complaint. Then he won it! I have never seen something like this in my life." Andrey Rublev also gave his thoughts on the overwhelming crowd support for Rafael Nadal during his Australian Open final victory over Daniil Medvedev.

"I don’t know what Daniil was feeling in that moment, you cannot judge someone when you haven’t been in that situation," Rublev said. "Obviously, people were supporting Rafa more because he is Rafa - one of the greatest in the history of sport. He was playing for his 21st Grand Slam that’s why people were supporting him more."