Nadal beats Kyrgios in thriller at Indian Wells

18 March 2022, 11:43 am

Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a backhand return to Nick Kyrgios of Australia in their ATP quarterfinal match at the Indian Wells tennis tournament on March 17, 2022 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)

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Rafael Nadal dug deep to beat mercurial wildcard Nick Kyrgios 7-6(0) 5-7 6-4 in a blockbuster quarter-final match that lived up to the hype at Indian Wells on Thursday and set up a clash with teenage compatriot Carlos Alcaraz for a spot in the final.

“I think I played a good third set,” Nadal said in an on-court interview. “I was returning better, I was solid with my serve. Nick is one of these players that you’re going to have problems with when he’s motivated, so I’m happy for the victory.”