Indian Wells: Rafael Nadal Beats Dan Evans To Maintain Unbeaten Start To 2022

Rafael Nadal proved too strong for Britain’s Dan Evans as he continued his phenomenal form in 2022 by reaching the last 16 at Indian Wells.

Evans broke early and led 3-1 and 4-2 but Nadal broke serve twice to win the opening set 7-5.

The 35-year-old Spaniard, who has not lost in 2022 and has 17 straight wins, broke early in set two and sealed a 7-5 6-3 win.

Elsewhere, Daniil Medvedev lost his last-32 match against Gael Monfils and will lose his world number one ranking.

World number four Nadal, who staged an epic fightback to beat American Sebastian Korda in the previous round, is the man to beat at the moment – as Evans acknowledged.

“It’s tough to explain the feeling you get against him,” said Evans. “He played very well, I thought, he was very aggressive and he didn’t really give me much chance to come forward.

“I was happy with the way I played. It’s a terrible match-up for me – it would be nice to have a double handed backhand in this situation.”

Nadal’s win means he will play American Reilly Opelka or Canada’s Denis Shapovalov in the next round.