Nadal does not fail: Krajinovic falls without Djokovic already in the box

A Serbian breakfast (113 º) in the absence of the most dangerous, Djokovic, eliminated the previous day. He is in the quarterfinals, which he will play on Friday with Khachanov.

Rafa Nadal got up early, his game started at 11 o'clock local time, and he stretched in Indian Wells to get into the quarterfinals. He lost to Filip Krajinovic 6-3, 6-4 in 1h: 26-22,222,222 to quote on Friday with the rocky Karen Khachanov, who could with John Isner (6-4 and 7-6). The Serbian breakfasted while looking back through the rear-view mirror at another, Novak Djokovic. Number one is no longer. He had crashed before Philipp Kohlschreiber the night before. The German left headless in the top half of the draw, with only one top-ten left, Dominic Thiem.

"I know what I'm capable of and I'm sure my level will improve soon; this defeat will not affect me long term ", warned the number one thinking in Miami, a Masters 1,000 that Nadal has in the air. He is not good at it (he has never won it) and he wants to go spacing breaks so as not to punish his physique. But, at the moment, Djokovic only left the desert of Palm Springs with 35 points more than he brought. He started with a difference of 2,590 with respect to Spanish. Y Nadal can cut him up to 965 if he manages to be a champion of a tournament in which he has already been the best three times and in which he knows he will not see the Belgrade ogre in a hypothetical final that would be a reissue of the one in Australia, from which he left scalding. Whatever happens, the record of Masters 1,000 (33) held by Manacor and that aspired to match that of Belgrade.

With the sun scourging already strong in the California Tennis Paradise, it cost Nadal carbure in the first partial. He played a rival with whom he had never measured, although Krajinovic is already 27 years old. The Serbian is the current number 113th in the world, but he became 26th in April of last year and in his youth he became the self-proclaimed future number one. Bad luck (he had to remove a bone of the right wrist in 2016) and the irregularity has happened factura. In Indian Wells came from the previous, but had been aired to two top-20: Goffin (20th) and Medvedev (14th) . However, Nadal was too much. The champion of 17 Grand Slams was irregular with the kickoff, but lethal in the network (6-6) in a first round in which he suffered a break.

In the second, he improved his performance with the drive and service ( he won 83% of points with seconds), he took hold in the background and without any fuss he always controlled Krajinovic. Nadal progresses properly, while Djokovic licks his wounds.

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