Nadal through Indian Wells 4th round!



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Nadal through Indian Wells 4th round!

In the men's tournament of Indian Wells 2022, Rafael Nadal qualified for the 4th round. Nadal, former champion in 2008, 2010 and 2013, is the favorite for the final victory after the defeats of Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev.

The Spaniard got its seventeenth success this season, number four hundred in total, and will now face the round of 16 with Reilly Opelka. Forced to catch a break from behind and avoid the tie break in the opening set, number four the event in California manages to find quality and quantity in time of need.

With a break to defend even in the opening of the second set, Rafael gets out of trouble with a splendid serve & volley at 3-1 30-40, with a second valuable volley in the extension, even more complicated if possible, and then keeps the next two beating shifts with extreme simplicity.

Final result 7-5 6-3. In the other matches, Carlos Alcaraz beats Roberto Bautista Agut in just over an hour in two sets, Daniil Medvedev was defeated by Gael Monfils for 6-3 3-6 1-6. In a very tough confrontation, Jannik Sinner beats Bonzi 7-6 (5) 3-6 6-4.

As mentioned, Stefanos Tsitsipas was also out beaten by Felix Auger Aliassime. Nick Kyrgios beat Holger Rune in straight sets. In the women's event, Maria Sakkari beats Petra Kvitova for 6-3 6-0 qualifying for the 4th round of the tournament.

The victory of the Greek tennis player after just over sixty minutes of play leaves little room for interpretation. Marketa Vondrousova instead needs almost three hours of play to break down Anett Kontaveit's resistance.

The Estonian tennis player, who had won eleven of the last twelve games played, at the foot of the round of 16 in Indian Wells does not take advantage of a set advantage and lacks clarity even in the most important moments of deciding.

Needless to say, she does not survive a row of five consecutive breaks (in which she finds herself with her head forward) and she only partially recovers the mega disadvantage of 2-6 in the jeu decisif. To prove fatal is a mistake with the forehand in response.

Paula Badosa continues to wear the reigning champion's dress in an extraordinary way. The problems in the more than insidious derby with Sorribes Tormo lasted a set: overcoming the tie break obstacle, the number five of the seeding finds tranquility and seals the success at 7-6 (4) 6-1.

Murray: "It won't be easy for Djokovic to stop Nadal in Paris"

Andy Murray's run at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells ended in the second round at the hands of 31st seeded Alexander Bublik. The Brit, who is struggling to express his best level, had achieved his 700th victory on the professional circuit by beating Taro Daniel on his debut in the Californian Masters 1000.

After the Miami Open, the former world number 1 will resume collaborating with Ivan Lendl, hoping to return to relive the glories of the past. "I had many chances in the first set, but I was unable to capitalize on them," the Scot made his debut at the press conference.

"The tiebreak made the difference, it is useless to deny it. We both had several chances in the jeu decisif and he was more cynical than me. He has always found good services in times of greatest pressure. It is not easy to play against Alexander, he has a very particular style of play and does not allow you to find the right rhythm from the baseline.

Also, you have to be good at exploiting the opportunities you have available in response," he added. The three-time Grand Slam champion has made some predictions about the season on clay, which will see the return of Novak Djokovic and yet another assault by Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros.

"As I had already announced, I have no intention of playing clay this year," Murray reiterated. "As things currently stand, Rafael Nadal is again the big favorite for the victory in Paris. Novak Djokovic was able to play very little at the start of the season, while Rafa is in a moment of great confidence.

He is feeling relaxed and perhaps will have less pressure on him than last year, having already won the Australian Open. Nole is not cut out of the title race, but it will not be easy for him to recover these months of inactivity," commented Andy.

The premature departure from the Arab Emirates cost Djokovic the first place in the ATP ranking in favor of Daniil Medvedev, who became the 27th number 1 in the history of men's tennis.