Taylor Fritz, The 24-year-old American, who has long been touted as part of the future of world tennis, accomplished the feat of ending the unbeaten streak of Rafael Nadal in 2022 (20-0) and won his first ATP Masters 1000 title of his career, in the middle of Indian Wells, in “his” state of California.
Playing the most important match of his career – Fritz had only one ATP 250 title in his life – the American, world number 20 (but will enter the top 15 for the first time on Monday) beat the Spaniard Rafael Nadal, world number. four and three times winner of this race, 6-3 and 7-6(5), in 2h10. Fritz was doubtful for the game with a right ankle injury, but it was the 35-year-old Spaniard who suffered a lot of punctures physically. Rafa didn’t have a chance in the first game, but after a long period of medical assistance in the dressing room, he improved the quality of his game in the second half, he fought hard, but it didn’t was not enough to counter the power and superior solidity of Fritz, who took advantage of a moment he seemed destined.
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Fritz will climb to 13th place in the world rankings and becomes the first North American since John Isner, at Miami 2018, winning a Masters 1000. Fritz is also ending a 21-year fast without ATP champions at Indian Wells (Andre Agassi).
Nadal has moved up from fourth to third in the ATP rankings and will now rest for three weeks – he is not playing in Miami – before competing in Monte Carlo to start his clay-court season.