‘Soon in the Top 10’ Rafael Nadal praises Taylor Fritz for an outstanding week at Indian Wells and talks about upcoming youth from the USA

Raphael NadalAt the end of the first defeat of the season 2022 Indian Wells Masters where the local boy finished second taylor fritz The one who clinched his first Masters title and the second of his career. Fritz won the game 6-3, 7-6(5), becoming the first American to win a title at Indian Wells in 21 years. André Agassi He won again in 2001.

Nadal was looking for his 21st straight win of the season but things turned against him as he lost in straight sets. While the defeat was certainly heartbreaking, Nadal had trouble breathing during the match and, by his own admission, felt himself pierced by a needle every time he spoke or moved. The Spaniard also received treatment on the court after the first set, which called both the coach and the doctor, who did some stretching on the court, which seemed quite painful for the 21-time Grand Slam champion.

Despite this, Nadal urged the press to focus more on Taylor’s win and not overshadow the 24-year-old by talking about his fitness issues rather than his success. Speaking at the press conference, Nadal shared his views on tennis players from the USA, a young brigade led by names like Fritz. Reilly Opelka and Frances Tiafoe.

“They’re doing well, victories like today are helpful. He (Fritz) played well, he had some great games this week, especially a big thank you for yesterday’s victory. To me, yesterday’s win is much bigger than today’s because yesterday is much more ahead of him than today. against Tsitsipas he played great matches in Australia this year if I’m not mistaken.

“So it’s clear that he’s improving, with this win it’s a great start of the season for him and he’ll have a chance to be very close if not in the Top 10 very soon. So it’s going to be a big battle for numbers because so many young and great players are fighting each other.” Nadal stated that the struggle to break and stay in the Top 10 is already heating up and that most of the season continues to come to an end.

Rafael Nadal in the top 3

Taylor Fritz and Rafael Nadal
Taylor Fritz and Rafael Nadal with their trophies at the presentation ceremony at Indian Wells

Nadal has participated in 4 tournaments so far this season and won 3 championships. 2022 Australian Open, with the only exception of Indian Wells. His magnificent run gave the season World No. 6 and entered the tournament at Indian Wells with the World No. Entering it as a 4 makes it enter the Top 3 once again.

The Clay season will kick off in April and the Tour favorite for ‘King of Clay’, the Spaniard has a good chance of reclaiming his place in the ATP standings, but World No. one Novak Djokovic and World No. 2nd Daniel Medvedev Working its way through the coming months during the Tour’s Gold Release.

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