Tennis – Indian Wells: Taylor Fritz brings Rafael Nadal First Defeat 2022
Despite an ankle injury Taylor Fritz from the US has surprisingly taught the first defeat of the year to the Spanish Grand Slam record champion Rafael Nadal. In the final of the ATP tournament in Indian Wells, the 20th world rankings defeated the favorites with 6: 3, 7: 6 (7: 5) and thus celebrated the greatest success of his career.
“To win this tournament is one of these crazy childhood rooms that you think in truth that they never come true,” Fritz said, who previously won only the 250er tournament in Eastbourne. In front of him, John Isner had been the last American with a victory at a Masters tournament, 2018 in Miami.
A few hours before the final of the “Fifth Grand Slam” Fritz had nor his attending his participation. He had to stop his morning training because his ankle hurt. His team advised him to give up the final, but the Fritz known as a stubborn head – with painkillers.
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For the 35-year-old Nadal it was the first defeat after 20 wins since the beginning of the year and his 21st Grand Slam Triumph at the Australian Open. The Spaniard also had problems, during the final he was treated twice at the upper body.