'What Rafael Nadal is worried about is...', says legend

“What Rafael Nadal is concerned about is…” goes the legend

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic reached the title shot at the first Masters 1000 of the season at Indian Wells 2007. The two youngsters battled through all their opponents to set up their second meeting of the tour and first in the finals.

Novak had a remarkable start to the season, winning the title in Adelaide and losing to world No. 1 Roger Federer in Melbourne and Dubai. En route to Indian Wells, the Serb defeated David Ferrer and Andy Murray to find himself in the inaugural Masters 1000 final and advance into the top-10.

Seeking the first major title of his young career, Novak suffered a 6-2, 5-7 defeat by Rafa in an hour and 34 minutes, enduring the second loss to the Spaniard in as many encounters. The more experienced player got off to a better start and finished the opening set in style.

Novak upped his level in the second set, showing his quality against the world No. 2. Nadal fended off three break chances in the fourth game of the second set and had more trouble in games eight and ten. Novak made it to the deuces but couldn’t take a step further and create break points.

Nadal kept his serve intact and grabbed a crucial break at 5-5 to take the lead. The Spaniard sealed the deal with his serve minutes later for his seventh Masters 1000 crown and first in the desert. Djokovic was happy with his run over the past ten days, playing well and matching Nadal’s pace in the second set.

“Nadal was the best player today, I have to admit that and congratulate him. I didn’t play my best tennis, I’m aware that I wasn’t 100%, although that’s not the main reason for my level. I’m happy about my tournament and the start of the season.

It’s important to play the best tennis in the most important tournaments.”

McEnroe on Rafael Nadal’s priorities

Former American tennis player John McEnroe believes Rafael Nadal will end the year as the world’s highest-ranked ATP player.

“Yes I think it will end up number one, I would be very surprised if it doesn’t happen. It’s amazing for him that he can do it considering how long he was out in 2021 with the foot injury.” said McEnroe.

“Rafa (Rafael Nadal) is always doing things that you don’t think are going to happen and that’s why he’s considered the best or one of the best in history,” McEnroe said. “He didn’t play in the Wimbledon semifinals because of the abdominal tear, but I didn’t see him that bad in the match with Coric in Cincinnati. With all due respect to this tournament, what Nadal is concerned about is the US Open,” noted McEnroe.

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