Rafael Nadal continued his good run of form by beating upcoming Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz and reaching the final of the Indian Wells Masters. It was also the Spaniard’s 20th win in a row. Nadal will now compete for his fourth title in Indian Wells.
CanadianOpen director Eugene Lapierre has said that it will be impossible for Novak Djokovic to enter the country if their regulations remain the same.
Rafael Nadal sets final clash with Taylor Fritz in Indian Wells
Nadal continued his good run of form in 2022 as he booked his place in the final of the Indian Wells Masters. The Spaniard beat compatriot Carlos Alcaraz 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in a thrilling semifinal that lasted three hours and 12 minutes.
Nadaltook the opening set but Alcaraz managed to fight back and win a pretty tricky second set where the windy conditions disrupted shots and players’ rhythm. The King of Clay made the decisive break in the third and won it 6-3 to record his 20th straight win in a row.
“I am super happy to be in the final,” Nadal said in his on-court interview. “It means a lot to me, and I’ll just keep going. I took it like another semi-final match. He’s not a young player that is 100 in the world and is coming.
He is a top player already, so I treated it like that, playing against one of the best players in the world. It doesn’t matter if he’s young or not, he’s a great guy, an amazing player and he has a fantastic future. I treated it like this, just tried to go on court, try my best and accept all the challenges. I am through and it was a very important victory for me.”
Waiting for Nadal in the final is 20th seed Taylor Fritz, who stunned seventh seed Andrey Rublev in straight sets, thus breaking the Russian’s 13-match winning streak.
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Novak Djokovic will be unable to compete in the Canadian Open with current regulations
Novak Djokovic will find it hard to compete in the Canadian Open Roger Federer posted a video of himself practicing in an indoor court BNP Paribas Open – Day 13 returned.
Canadian Open director Eugene Lapierre has said that it will be impossible for Novak Djokovic to enter the country if the current regulations remain.
“We’re not really in a hurry [to confirm regulations]. We imagine that there will be changes as we go along; if the situation improves, if the situation worsens, or whatever. If it was today, it would be impossible for Novak to return to Canada and participate in the event. So we’re going to wait,” Lapierre said.
Djokovic is yet to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and could not compete in the Indian Wells and Miami Masters. However, we could see a lot more of the Serb in the forthcoming months as he will compete at the Serbian Open, the Monte Carlo Masters and Roland Garros.
Roger Federer back to practicing
Roger Federer has returned to the practice courts as he looks to return to the ATP tour after his knee surgery. The Swiss posted a video on Instagram of himself practicing on an indoor court.
In the video, Federer can be seen hitting a total of six forehands. Tennis fans will no doubt be pleased with this as they look to see the 20-time Grand Slam champion back on the tennis court.