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Nadal’s retirement and Murray’s victory are the highlights at the start of Indian Wells

Nadal’s retirement and Murray’s victory are the highlights at the start of Indian Wells

The start of the tournament, category Masters 1000 men and WTA 1000 women, It was very negative for Spanish tennis, which also saw the previous abandonment of Paula Badosa, and for Latin American tennis, which lost his first two tricks, the Argentine Pedro Cachín and the Colombian Daniel Galán.

For his part, the Colombian Daniel Galán was beaten by the Japanese Taro Daniel 6-4 and 6-1 and counts his three participations in the first round of Indian Wells as losses.

One of the first big names to come to the fore was Andy Murray, who starred in a solid 6-3, 6-2 victory against Belgian David Goffin in 80 minutes of play.

Murray, The 36-year-old took over the last 10 points of the opening set and went ahead 5-2 in the second with a double break in his favor that put the victory on track.

“It may be my best service here. I have had problems serving here for at least 10 years. Today I felt much better,” the British congratulated himself.

Murray will have a difficult second round matchup against Russian Andrey Rublev, number five in the world ranking.

In the afternoon, Indian Wellsand was impacted not only by the rain, which ended up stopping the action in the desert town of California, but above all by the announcement of the Rafael Nadal’s retirement.

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Rafael Nadal confirmed that he is not yet in physical condition to face a Masters 1000 and that is why he left Indian Wells.

Reuters

The Spaniard had to face the Canadian Milos Raonic today in his long-awaited return to competition after two months of absence.

“I have been working hard and practicing. I did a test this weekend in an exhibition against Carlos Alcaraz but I am not prepared to play at the highest level in such an important event,” lamented Nadal. who continues to try to ensure that injuries allow him to enjoy his possible last season on the circuit.

Your compatriot Alcaraz, defending champion, learned yesterday that the young Matteo Arnaldi will be the opponent in his debut in the second round, after the Italian beat the Frenchman Luca on Wednesday 7-6 (8/6) and 7-6 (7/3) van Assche.

Alcaraz and Arnaldi already met in September in the round of 16 of the United States Open with the Spaniard winning in three sets.

Jannik Sinner, new champion of the Australian Open, will debut against the Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis, who on Wednesday dispatched the American Marcus Giron in two sets.

The women’s branch also saw the departure of two Spanish rackets: Paula Badosa, who withdrew hours before her debut due to physical problems, and Sara Sorribes, beaten by the Czech Marie Bouzková by a resounding double 6-1.

For its part, the British Katie Boulter, winner on Sunday of the WTA 500 in San Diego (California), she also packed her bags with a 6-3, 6-2 defeat against the Italian Camila Giorgi.

Among the numerous matches that did not start or were interrupted by rain was that of the veteran Venus Williams, who headed to the locker room when she was tied 1-1 in the first set against the Japanese Nao Hibino.

– Wednesday’s results at the Indian Wells tournament:

Men – first round

Andy Murray (Germany) defeated David Goffin (Belgium) 6-3, 6-2

Brandon Nakashima (United States) defeats Christopher Eubanks (United States) 6-3, 7-6 (7/3)

Alexander Shevchenko (Kajakhstan) defeats Dominik Koepfer (Germany) 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (7/3)

Thanasi Kokkinakis (Australia) defeats Marcos Giron (United States) 6-3, 7-5

Christopher O’Connell (Australia) beats Jack Draper (Germany) 1-6, 6-3, 6-2

Yannick Hanfmann (Germany) defeats Pedro Cachín (Argentina) 6-7 (7/9), 6-4, 6-1

Taro Daniel (Japan) to Daniel Galán (Colombia) 6-4, 6-1

Fábián Marozsán (Hungary) defeats Jurij Rodionov (Austria) 6-3, 6-2

Matteo Arnaldi (Italy) beats Luca Van Assche (France) 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/3)

Women – First round

Camila Giorgi (Italy) beat Katie Boulter (Great Britain) 6-3, 6-2

Yulia Putintseva (Kazakhstan) defeats Tamara Korpatsch (Germany) 6-2, 6-3

Angelique Kerber (Germany) defeats Petra Martic (Croatia) 6-3, 6-4

Katie Volynets (USA) defeats Mirra Andreeva (RUS) 7-5, 7-5

Marie Bouzková (Czech Rep.) beats Sara Sorribes Tormo (Spain) 6-1, 6-1

Tatjana Maria (Germany) defeats Arantxa Rus (Netherlands) 7-6 (7/5), 6-2

Rebecca Sramková (Slovakia) beats Yafan Wang (China) 6-4, 6-0

Mai Hontama (Japan) to Shuai Zhang (China) 5-7, 6-2, 6-0

Bernarda Pera (United States) to Daria Saville (Australia) 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (7/5)

Source: Ambito

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