After lacking the final a part of the 2018 season resulting from a knee damage, Rafael Nadal made a powerful begin within the following yr. The Spaniard reached the 2019 Australian Open last with out dropping a set, enjoying nicely however dropping the title conflict to Novak Djokovic in straight units.
Nadal wasted match factors in opposition to Nick Kyrgios within the Acapulco second spherical and headed to Indian Wells looking forward to a deep run. World no. 2 confronted Jared Donaldson within the first match within the desert and earned a 6-1, 6-1 victory in 72 minutes, his 51st in Indian Wells.
The Spaniard misplaced three video games in opposition to the American in Shanghai 2017, and he was much more dominant on this one to sail into the following spherical.
Rafael Nadal misplaced two video games in opposition to Jared Donaldson in Indian Wells 2019.
Rafa dropped 9 factors behind the preliminary shot and by no means confronted a break level to maintain the stress on the opposite aspect.
Jared was removed from these numbers, dropping over half of the factors in his video games and getting damaged 5 occasions from six possibilities provided to Rafa. Nadal fired 18 winners and ten unforced errors, leaving the youthful opponent on a 12-19 ratio and dominating the shortest, mid-range and most superior rallies to seal the deal in fashion.
Donaldson made a profitable begin after a knee damage. Nonetheless, we didn’t see way more from him after that, as he misplaced within the opening spherical in Miami two weeks later and retired from tennis just lately. Rafa grabbed a break within the opener’s fourth sport when his rival netted a volley.
The Spaniard held in sport 5 with a forehand winner and took 5 straight factors on the return within the subsequent one to seize a break with a forehand down the road winner. Serving for the opener, Nadal fired a booming serve to take it 6-1 in 33 minutes.
Initially of the second set, the American squandered three sport factors and suffered a break after a unfastened backhand. Rafa cemented the lead with an ace in sport two and landed one other at 2-1 to stay in entrance. The Spaniard pushed the rival’s backhand to the boundaries within the fifth sport to safe one other break and transfer nearer to the end line.
Nadal fired an ace in sport six to open a 5-1 hole and grabbed a break within the subsequent one after Donaldson’s poor volley to seal the deal and advance into the third spherical.