Rafael Nadal has been on the verge of becoming the second player in history to win a Masters 1000 title at over 35 years of age. The dorsal injury, which partially compromised his match, and the excellent performance of Taylor Fritz, however, prevented the Spaniard from equaling this record, which is still held by Roger Federer.
The Swiss champion, in fact, won the last 1000 of his career at the age of 37, when he prevailed in Miami in 2019 by beating John Isner. It is not known when the 40-year-old from Basel will return to the court again, but meanwhile a few days ago he aroused the enthusiasm of tennis fans by posting a video while trying out the forehand on an indoor court.
A sign, therefore, that he has started training with a view to a possible return to the Tour. Nadal, in the final loss against Fritz, missed the chance to catch up with current record holder Novak Djokovic, at 37 Masters 1000.
But not only. The one from Manacor ended his winning streak in a streak with 20, the third best streak at the beginning of the season in the history of this discipline. Only Djokovic did better than him in 2020 and 2011, when he posted 25 and 41 wins in a row, respectively.
In this Indian Wells, however, the twenty-one-time slam winner has instead confirmed and reinforced a very important record: with 1048 wins and 210 losses he ranks first in win percentage: 83.31%.
Auger-Aliassime reflects on King Roger
Felix Auger-Aliassime has revealed the congratulatory message he received from Roger Federer after winning his maiden title at the Rotterdam Open.
"It feels amazing, it's great, I mean, it's something I've been aiming for, for a long time," Auger-Aliassime said. "I was quite close a few times, like you all probably know. So to finally lift it was a special moment, very emotional moment for me and my family.
Yea, a big relief. Yes it's true, he (Federer) sent me a message. He said to me, 'I am happy for you.' It's a nice feeling. I kept it very simple," the Canadian said. "With my family, and my girlfriend and my team and then just a nice, nice dinner, we toasted to a bottle of champagne.
And then, that's it, came back to the hotel, had to pack my bags as I was leaving next morning. That's the life of a tennis player."