Canada’s Leylah Fernandez superior to the fourth spherical of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday.
The 19-year-old from Laval, Que., beat Shelby Rogers 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, avenging her loss to the American at Indian Wells final yr. She breezed via the primary set in simply 25 minutes.
Fernandez faces Paola Badosa of Spain on Tuesday.
Denis Shapovalov, a 22-year-old from Richmond Hill, Ont., was ousted within the third spherical. The Thirteenth-seeded Shapovalov dropped a 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4 determination to American Reilly Opelka.
Opelka faces Rafael Nadal within the fourth spherical. The 24-year-old American was coming off two straight finals appearances that went to tiebreakers in each units, profitable at Dallas and dropping at Delray Seashore, Florida.
Nadal, in the meantime, continues to be excellent in 2022.
The Spaniard defeated Twenty seventh-seeded Daniel Evans 7-5, 6-3 Monday within the third spherical, enhancing his file to 17-0 this yr in pursuit of an ATP Tour-leading fourth title.
Nadal tied Roger Federer (2018) and Pete Sampras (1997) for the third-best general begin to a season within the Open period that started in 1968.
Daniil Medvedev’s rise to No. 1 on this planet got here crashing down in a 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 loss to Gael Monfils. Medvedev wanted to succeed in the quarter-finals within the desert to remain on the high, the place he changed Novak Djokovic.
“Is it higher to be No. 1 for let’s say one week in your life or by no means contact it?” Medvedev stated. “You understand, I believe it’s nonetheless higher to at the very least contact it.”
Djokovic will reclaim the No. 1 rating subsequent week. The Serb is unvaccinated towards COVID-19, so he wasn’t allowed to enter america to play at Indian Wells or the upcoming Miami Open.
To this point this yr, nobody is touching Nadal.
He grew to become the primary participant to win 400 matches in ATP Masters 1000 occasions.
After sitting out a lot of final yr due to harm, Nadal has been on a tear. He received titles at Melbourne, the Australian Open for his file twenty first Grand Slam title and Acapulco, and is chasing a 3rd profession title at Indian Wells.
Nadal’s win over Evans beneath a searing desert solar ended with the Spaniard serving out the match at love. He ripped a forehand winner on triple match level.
“It’s an vital victory towards a tough opponent,” Nadal stated. “It’s not a simple opponent to play. He performs tactically very nicely, utilizing very nicely his slice, then enjoying aggressive, altering rhythms on the factors.”
Earlier than his first match in California, Nadal withdrew from the hard-court occasion at Miami, which begins March 21. He turns 36 in June and is coping with power ache in his left foot and tendinitis in each knees.
“I can’t make drastic modifications like I did previously,” he stated, “in order that’s why I made a decision to cease after right here and to have three weeks earlier than the clay courtroom season begins for me.”
Nadal survived a scare in his first match towards Sebastian Korda. The 21-year-old American served for the match main 5-2 and 5-4 within the remaining set.
“It was essential that I can win these first two matches with out enjoying incredible, however at present was slightly bit higher than the primary day,” Nadal stated.
Monfils reached the fourth spherical at Indian Wells for the fifth time in six years after his second profession upset of a No. 1 participant. He knocked out Nadal within the quarter-finals at Doha in 2009.
“I simply felt good at present,” Monfils stated. “Tactically, I used to be good. I’m filled with confidence.”
Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz defeated countryman and Fifteenth-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 6-0 and subsequent performs Monfils.
In girls’s motion, No. 4 seed Anett Kontaveit misplaced to Marketa Vondrousova 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5). No. 6 seed Maria Sakkari defeated Petra Kvitova 6-3, 6-0 and No. 20 Elise Mertens ended the run of Australian qualifier Daria Saville, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
No. 21 Veronika Kudermetova superior when qualifier Marie Bouzkova retired with the Russian main 6-4, 0-2.