Rafael Nadal, world number four and champion with 21 Grand Slam titles, a new men’s singles record which has only been his since January, took another step on Thursday in the best start to the season of his career to qualify for the ATP Masters 1000 semi-finals. in Indian Wells, USA. There are now 19 wins in equal number of matches for the Spaniard, who has not lost since his last match of the troubled 2021 season, in… August!
In a highly anticipated quarter-final that did not disappoint, 35-year-old Nadal beat the Australian Nick Kyrgios26 years old and currently outside the ATP top 130 — has competed very little in recent years… —, 7-6(0), 5-7 and 6-4, in a fabulous 2:45 battle resolved in small details, where the La Majorcan’s superior mental strength ended up making the difference in the decisive moments, especially in the third set.
Nadal, who with 18 wins had already surpassed the best career start ever Roger Federer, now awaits in the semi-final the winner of the match between his young compatriot Carlos Alcaraz, 18, and the British Cameron Norriedefending champion and with whom he played (and won) the recent final in Acapulco.