Nadal-Alcaraz 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
Rafael NadalThe world’s No. 4 young Spaniard is behind Carlos Alcaraz In three sets: 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 More than 3 hours of gameplay. Nadal, unbeaten in 20 games in 2022, will be looking to win the tournament for the fourth time. A match controlled by strong winds (gusts of 60 km / h) thanks to Alcaraz for three errors in the first set that allowed Nadal to close the first fraction in the fifth set point, just over an hour later. Alcaraz played an active tennis game, but he fielded only 53% of the first ball, made 23 unforced errors and conceded breaks in three situations. In the second set the wind increased further and with it the errors on the pitch: the movement of the ball at every point of the game was unexpected. In fact, between the fifth and ninth games, neither Alcaraz nor Nadal were able to keep the serve. Turning point is 4-4: A twenty-point game, won by the young Spaniard who partially (6-4) closed in the third set point. There we saw the best tennis of Nadal and Alcaraz, finally saved from the weather. Rafa comes out in amazing physical condition and he stops the set from a fraction 3 of 10 points. The appointment has been postponed with the first Masters 1000 final for Alcaraz.
Nadal: “One of my best games”
One of my best games in Indian Wells – commented Rafa. Alcaraz has incredible abilities. He is a great player and will soon be a champion. Physiotherapist intervention? I felt a muscle ache in my chest, however I think it’s nothing. It’s the wind that forces you to make as many movements as possible. ”
Fritz-Rublev 6-5, 6-4
In the first semifinal Taylor Fritz No. 7 pick defeated Andrei Rublev by one score 7-5 6-4 In a game of one hour and fifty minutes. An unforgettable day for Fritz, in his own right The first final of his career at the Masters 1000Won the home tournament. On the other hand, after thirteen consecutive wins, Rublev’s winning streak was interrupted, with nervousness in some parts of the match (he had to ask for a medical timeout in the 1st set for a hand injury after breaking the racket) and errors (22 not emphasized in the first half). Fritz was able to get the Russians in trouble with a strong and deep answer, especially decisive in the first set, which lasted an hour and played a hundred points. 4-1 to 5-5 for the Americans, when Rublev recovered a break from behind. The twelfth game was decisive where Fritz partially stopped in the third set point. Rublev pushed in the second set, but did not take advantage of the opponent’s empty pass to save two break points in the tenth game and the match was cramped 6-4. Fritz, K. In the rankings, it has practically risen to number 15 World, Hall The first American finalist in Indian Wells since Isner in 2012.
Fritz: “It’s a dream come true.”
“It doesn’t seem real to me, it’s a dream come true“Taylor Fritz admits emotionally at the end of the match. The final at Indian Wells is actually the most important of his career:”There is a lot of work behind this, The efforts of the past years have stopped – Americans admit – I tried to be very aggressive from the beginning, then Rublev began to serve and respond better. In the end, however, I was able to wait and take my chances. It will be a very difficult final, we have to play like today. Injury? This happened to be my last servingI used to ask for time for treatment while playing. I hope it’s not serious. “