Rafael Nadal became the first tennis player to have 400 wins in one Masters 1000, this Monday, beat the British Daniel Evans by 2 sets to 0, with fractions of 7/5 and 6/3. With this, the Spaniard secured his 17th win in 2022 and a place in the 16-inch round Indian Wells.
If he reaches the Indian Wells final, Rafael Nadal could return to the top-3 of the world tennis rankings. That’s because Zverev was kicked out of the Martyrs 100 by Tommy Paul early Monday. It is worth remembering that Nadal became a separate Grand Slam record holder earlier this year by winning the Australian Open, his 21st major title in history.
The first seven had several errors on the part of both the tennis players. Nadal got off to a poor start, but it was a double fault on Evans’ part that he took the lead with a partial lead of 7-5.
With confidence, Nadal took a lot of steps to win the second set. The Spaniard took advantage of an error from Evans to win the first game and opened 3/0 in the next game of the second set. Evans tried to be more aggressive to get the result, but Nadal used all his experience at the end of the second set to confirm a 6/3 win.
Gael Monfils and Carlo Alcaraz had already confirmed their places in the round of 16 on Monday afternoon. The Frenchman eliminated world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev, while the young Spaniard overtook compatriot Roberto Bautista-Agut. Monfils and Alkaraz will face each other in the next phase.