“I didn’t know anything about it at all but of course those are good numbers,” said the 35-year-old, who has not lost yet this year. He already had 17 wins in 2022. Against Evans, Nadal trailed 4-2, but won eight of the nine matches that followed. After an hour and 43 minutes, he finished it off with a convincing love game.
Fourth seed Nadal is the highest-ranked player remaining in the tournament. Russian top seed Daniil Medvedev lost in three sets to France’s Gael Monfils, and third-placed German Alexander Zverev had to admit his earlier advantage over American Tommy Paul. Novak Djokovic, who would have finished second, withdrew shortly before the tournament because the Serbian would not be allowed to enter the United States without a vaccination.
Greek fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas stunned American Jenson Broxby after a strong start. The score became 1-6 6-3 6-2 for the 43rd in the world that actually left Karen Chanov without a chance in the previous round.
A year ago, 21-year-old Broxby was still outside the top 250. “You never know what’s going to happen at that point. You can’t predict the future, but the only thing you can do is what you can control. I knew in my head that no player in the top five has ever outgrown a player,” said Broxby. The match will be here and there is nothing as beautiful as presenting it here.
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