Rafael Nadal will meet Britain’s Dan Evans in the third round of Indian Wells after coming back to secure his 16th consecutive victory on Saturday.
America’s Sebastian Korda led 5-2 in the third set. He also had two opportunities to play for the match. However, Spaniard Nadal won 6-2. 1-7 7-6 (7-3).
The world’s top player Daniil Medvedev beat Czech qualifier Tomas Machac 6-3 6-2.
The defending champion Cameron Norrie also won, the British number one beat the Spaniard Pedro Martinez 6-3 6-3.
British second seed Evans defeated his Argentina counterpart Federico Coria 6-2 6-0, while the top female seeds, Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus was defeated by a 2-6, 6-3 6-3 defeat to the Italian’s Jasmine Paolini.
Rafael Nadal has already been victorious in all 16 matches of 2022. He battled to come back from two sets behind to defeat Medvedev during the Australian Open final and claim an unprecedented 21st Grand Slam title before beating Norrie to take the Mexican Open.
The 35-year-old took a 4-0 lead over Korda and took the first set, but the world’s number 38 rallied to take the second set, where the world number 38 broke Nadal twice.
Korda 21 Korda, 21, Rafael Nadal twice in the third round to get towards the biggest victory of his career, but Nadal returned to the feat of his Australian Open heroics to force a tie-breaker. In the process, Nadal returned from a 5-2 deficit.
The world’s top four players are set to meet for the third time against British top two Evans This will be his first since 2019.
“It’s why you’re playing tennis to be able to play on a court that’s big and take on an opponent who is playing unbelievable this year. He, at this moment, is probably the greatest ever,” Evans told Amazon Prime.
“It’d be fantastic, therefore there’s no reason to stress about it. Just have enjoyable.”
Evans who is the world’s number 29 defeated 10 consecutive games, Coria to take the first set, and then dominate the second set.
Medvedev also had an easy victory during the California desert, playing in his first game since he was informed that he could not play with the Russian flag following the aggression against Ukraine.
This was his very first tournament after he reached his place at the top of the ranks for his first appearance. He was dominant, even saving a breakpoint during the opening game and only dropping eight points off serve during the remainder of the match.
Medvedev will take on Gael Monfils from France on Monday, as he will attempt to surpass his previous record of Indian Wells, reaching the fourth round in the October tournament.
“It’s always odd here, the climate,” Medvedev said. “You require a long time to become accustomed to the surroundings, but in the same way, it’s a wonderful location to be.
“Everybody arrives a week or one week-and-a-half prior to the event due to the two main reasons. This is exactly what I’ve done and I’m happy and am hoping that I will improve on my prior times.”