The Spaniard made it to the Round of 16 in Indian Wells after defeating the British in two sets (7-5, 6-3).
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Rafael Nadal He still doesn’t find the best sensations on the track but he is already in the round of 16 at Indian Wells. Facing the British Daniel Evans fulfilled without excessive brilliance, solving the ballot in two sets (7-5 and 6-3) waiting for days of greater inspiration. That is, he maintains his immaculate winning streak to start the season -they are already 17 in a row- and he did not have to force as much to reach the next round as against sebastian korda. I solved in one hour and 42 minutes. [Narracin y estadsticas]
The Spaniard began exhibiting the same doubts in his game as in the second round match, imprecise on serve and unable to impose his tennis. He soon found himself down against a player who, despite only having one title in his career, is going through one of the best moments of his career at 31 years old.
In fact, last year he reached his first semifinals in a Masters 1,000, that of Monte Carlo, and for a few minutes he believed in the possibility of giving the bell against a colossus like the Balearic Islands. The 3-1 lead and Nadal’s ten unforced errors in the first four games invited optimism. Evans went from serve to serve without giving credit to the amount of points that his opponent was giving him.
Until Nadal took a precise rest from his hat to force his first break ball and tie the match at four games. Not playing well, but competing, for a change. Even so, the ephemeral blow to morale did not help to reverse the terms of the clash. The 21-time Grand Slam winner was still erratic, unusually imprecise.
400 wins in Masters 1,000
The greatness did not dust her off until the twelfth game, on Evans’ serve, forcing three break balls with one of those impossible shots from the bottom of the court to score the first set 7-5. She’s awkward, imprecise, lacking in rhythm, with 17 unforced errors and four double faults, but hers.
The Englishman acknowledged the blow and gave the break after an unusual failure (2-0). The forehand with Nadal’s racket frame went into the clouds and the smash of the British was even more grotesque. Party almost seen for sentence. Or so it seemed. Evans squeezed and forced Nadal to spend 7 minutes on the court to keep his serve, with a point of break included. They were the best minutes of the Australian Open champion. He began to drop his arm and hit winners.
With this there are already 400 victories in Masters 1,000 matches, the first man to achieve it, a fact that the Spaniard downplayed at the end of the match. He was happy about the slight improvement in his game, especially in the second set.