Rafa Nadal Indian Wells 2022

‘Super hot’ Rafa Nadal is ‘one of greatest fighters of all time’ claims defeated opponent

Rafa Nadal nearly lost to young American Seb Korda but managed to grab victory after coming back from 5-2 in the final set and subsequently received high praise from his beaten opponent

After losing from a winning position Seb Korda revealed that Rafa Nadal ‘kind of destroys me a little but’ on the practise court but every time they play he feels ‘he’s getting closer and closer’.

Korda was speaking in his press conference after losing to Nadal at the Indian Wells Masters even though he had lead the final set 5-2.

Korda had actually practised with Nadal on the same court that they played their match just a few days earlier.

“Every single time we practice, he kind of destroys me a little bit.

“This time was a close set. Every single time I practice with him or play with him, I feel I’m getting better and better. Yeah, it’s progress. He’s one of the greatest players of all time right now. He’s super hot. Hasn’t lost a match this year. To kind of push him to the edge was awesome. Shows a lot of my game, how dangerous it can be against tough opponents.”

Korda went on to say, “I think he changed the way he was playing a little bit (at 5-2). He stopped missing a little bit more. Came closer to the line. And I made some easy mistakes, and he took advantage of that.”

Nadal will face British number one Dan Evans in the next round and will attempt to maintain his perfect start to 2022. Nadal has so far won 16 matches in a row and three tournaments this year including the Australian Open.

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Tim Farthing, Tennishead Editorial Director & Owner, has been a huge tennis fan his whole life. He's a tennis journalist and entrepreneur as well as playing tennis to a national standard. He also helps manage his local club and volunteers for his local tennis organisation. He's a specialist in content about the administration of professional tennis and tennis coaching for all levels.