Rafael Nadal never stops. The Majorcan tennis player brilliantly passed the third round of Indian Wells managing to beat Daniel Evans 7-5, 6-3 in two sets and risking much less than in the previous match against Sebastian Korda.
In his debut at the Californian tournament, in fact, the twenty-one-time slam winner had the best of the American only at the tie break of the third set, recovering from the 2-5 disadvantage. Thanks to the first two successes in the first 1000 of the season, which the Spaniard has already won on three occasions in 2007, 2009 and 2013, Nadal has extended his streak of consecutive victories at the beginning of the season to 17.
A considerable number, as the Manacor bull reached, on the lowest step of the podium, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer who had managed to obtain the same number of victories in 1997 and 2018 respectively. Rafael Nadal in the round of 16 will meet a tough opponent on this surface such as Reilly Opelka.
The American giant has returned from a battle that lasted more than 2 hours against Denis Shapovalov where he managed to take home the victory in the third set by scoring 11 aces and having a percentage of victories on first balls fielded equal to 74%.
In the event that the Majorcan were to overtake the American as well, he would detach the Sampras-Federer duo and officially begin his run towards the second position which is currently occupied by Novak Djokovic in the 2020 version, the year in which he obtained 26 consecutive victories.
Rafa on the controversial heckling incident involving Osaka
Rafael Nadal recently gave his two cents on the controversial heckling incident involving Naomi Osaka at the 2022 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. "Even if it is terrible to hear that, we need to be prepared for it.
We need to resist these kind of issues that can happen when you are exposed to the people," Nadal said. "[Just] as we like it a lot when people are supporting [us], when something like this happens, we need to accept it and move forward.
Nothing is perfect in this life. We need to be ready for adversities." Rafael Nadal also shed light on the reasons for his withdrawal from the upcoming Miami Masters. The World No. 4 revealed that he made the decision considering the stress on his body in recent weeks.
"I haven't played Miami for the last couple of years. I'm almost 36. I played much more than what I expected at the beginning of the season. For my body, it is not good to have quick transitions from different surfaces," Nadal said.
"If I play Miami, I will not have time to rest and not time to make a swift transition to the clay."