Rafael Nadal maintains his undefeated streak in Indian Wells

Rafael Nadal increases its greatness Indian Wells. He entered the BNP Paribas Open with a 15-0 record in 2022, the best start to the season of his career, and with an epic comeback by going 5-2 down in the third set against American Sebastian Korda in the round of 64, earned his 16th win to extend his streak. The Spanish already accumulates three titles so far this year.

“The added pressure is when you’ve been losing games and you’re anxious to win, in that sense what 15 wins and three titles give you is peace of mind and a little less worry. The beginning of the year is being incredible beyond what can happen here”, said the number four in the world in the post-match conference.

Against Korda, the streak of Nadal His 13-set straight win since the Australian Open final was broken, but the three-time Indian Wells champion beat the 21-year-old 6-2, 1-6, 7-6(3) in two hours and 29 minutes. game minutes.

“I thought I was lost, just like in the final of the Australian Open. That does not mean that he is going to stop fighting and trying (…) Since 5-2 (Korda) has started to get a little more nervous, he has made more mistakes. I have played a little better. I am very lucky to have overcome it. I’ll have to play better, today I didn’t have a good game”, said the Spanish winner of 21 Grand Slams.

With his victory against number 38 in the ranking, Nadal also added to his winning streak against American players, according to ESPN, the Spaniard has won 94.7% of the 38 games he has played against players of this nationality from 2012 to date. He only lost twice.

Nadal, winner of Indian Wells in 2007, 2009 and 2013, returned to the Californian tournament after two years of absence, and although he struggled to stay alive in the Masters 1000, the Spaniard maintains a perfect rhythm this season in which he has three out of three trophies , including the Australian Open, where he managed to come back from two sets down in the final against Medvedev. The other two were melbourne and the Acapulco ATP 500.

Rafael Nadal He has obtained victory in each of the 15 occasions in which he has appeared in Indian Wells, in addition, according to the Twitter account MisterOnly.Tennis became the third tennis player with 20 consecutive seasons achieving official victories in Masters 1000, the Swiss Roger Federer and French Fabrice Santoro are the other two tennis players.

This is his 399th victory in the Masters 1000, is the tennis player with the most wins in tournaments of this category. In Indian Wells, the Spaniard has the possibility of winning his 37th Masters 1000 title and equaling Novak Djokovic’s record, who was absent from this edition as he was unable to enter the United States due to vaccination restrictions.

The victory against Korda also means that he has won his last six matches at a Masters 1000 tournament following his victory in Rome in May 2021. His next test at the BNP Paribas Open is Britain’s Dan Evans.

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