Nadal in semfinal at Indian Wells: he'll meet Alcaraz!



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Nadal in semfinal at Indian Wells: he'll meet Alcaraz!

Rafael Nadal is writing history again, also on the Californian hard-courts of the BNP Paribas Open. Nadal got his nineteenth consecutive victory this season at the foot of the semifinal number eleven in Indian Wells, by beating Nick Kyrgios in three sets, getting the semifinal.

Now the Spanish champion will meet his young countryman Carlos Alcaraz in semifinal. A match outside the comfort zone for the three-time champion of the tournament, forced to exchange little and badly, to recover from an almost desperate situation of 3-5 in the opening fraction (before taking advantage of five minutes of total madness by the Australian tennis player, jeu decisif included) and to stack all the problems on 5-6 in the second.

Kyrgios, apparently more interested in the show than in the score, flirts with the break at the start of the third set but leaves the joke on the street in the seventh game. For Nadal it is the chance to take the situation in hand and to seal the success at 7-6 (0) 5-7 6-4 at the threshold of three hours of play.

A product made to win. Even at eighteen and older. The Spanish talent, even without resorting to special effects, liquidates defending champion Cameron Norrie (who by winning would have knocked down the wall of the Top 10 for the first time in his career) and places for the first time in his career among the top four in a tournament -of-category.

Awaiting him a little less than twelve months after the challenge on the ground of Madrid - a very pure competitive performance - just Nadal. Alcaraz, who finds himself canceling a handful of chances for the heavy 0-3, contains the attempts of the British - who obviously makes regularity his best travel companion - does not immediately take advantage of a 4-2 40-15 advantage in the second set , but it nevertheless adapts in an extraordinary way to the logic of the sample.

With a 6-4 6-3 that leaves little room for interpretation. The semi-finals in the women's draw is made up, with the defending champion Paula Badosa who prevails with a very clear 6-3 6-2 against Veronika Kudermetova and with Maria Sakkari who instead condenses the vast majority of the problems in the challenge with Elena Rybakina.

Aleksandr Dolgopolov returns to Kiev to fight

Alexandr Dolgopolov decided to stand up for his people. The former Ukrainian tennis player has reached Kiev to fight alongside his compatriots in the war that is taking place on Ukrainian soil, following the invasion of Russia.

The arrival of "The Dog" in the capital was documented by a post on his social profile, where he explained why he only reached Kiev at a later time. In the first part of the message, Dolgopolov explained that his first concern was his family: for this reason, he took his sister and his mother to Turkey.

Once he secured his loved ones, the strategy of the former number 13 in the world was to learn how to shoot, so as to be prepared for the conflict. "In a few days, my beloved Ukrainians and I have completely destroyed the world of information and no one in any free country had any doubts about the truth and who the aggressor was.

By that time, I had already started shooting and was very lucky that a former professional soldier taught me for 5-7 days," wrote Dolgopolov on his social media profiles. Also through his social profile, the former Ukrainian tennis player revealed that he left with other boys, who wanted to reach Ukrainian land from the United States of America.

Starting, therefore, from Turkey, they arrived in Poland, passing through Croatia, and then finally arriving in Kiev. "While I was training, I was planning the way back, so once I found a few guys who were planning to go to Ukraine from the US, and once we were ready, we started our journey," Dolgopolov said.

"I got some bulletproof vests for us and our army, flew to Zagreb, bought everything we needed plus some thermal monoculars and stuff, and drove through Europe, entered Ukraine from Poland and , in the end, I'm in Kiev.