Rafael Nadal reaches Indian Wells quarter-finals with classy win over Filip Krajinovic | Tennis | Sport

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  • Rafael Nadal and Filip Krajinovic is the first men’s fourth round match of the day.
  • This is the first meeting between Nadal and Krajinovic.
  • Nadal is aiming for a fourth Indian Wells title.
  • Krajinovic has beaten David Goffin and Daniil Medvedev en route to the fourth round.

RAFAEL NADAL VS FILIP KRAJINOVIC LIVE

SECOND SET

*Nadal 6-3 6-4 Krajinovic

Krajinovic forehand down the line *just* out, 15-0. Great Krajinovic hustle and he flicks a forehand winner past Nadal, 15-15.

Nadal ace, 30-15. Nadal crosscourt backhand pass, 40-15. Nadal nets an easy forehand 40-30.

Nadal forehand winner down the line GAME. SET. MATCH. Nadal too strong and too good for his opponent.

Nadal 6-3 5-4 Krajinovic*

Krajinovic’s forehand flicks the net and goes long 15-30. His third ace of the match makes it 30-all.

Nadal then goes long with his return 40-30. And a fourth ace wins Krajinovic the game.

Can he make a move on Nadal’s serve?

*Nadal 6-3 5-3 Krajinovic

Sixth ace for Nadal makes it 30-15. In five service games since dropping serve in the first, Nadal has lost just four points on serve. Relentless.

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal vs Filip Krajinovic LIVE updates (Image: GETTY)

Nadal 6-3 4-3 Krajinovic*

Tweener from Krajinovic but Nadal is unfazed to finish off the point. Nice hands from Krajinovic as he drags Nadal to the net and flicks a backhand into the corner, 40-30.

Backhand winner from Nadal passes the advancing Krajinovic, deuce. However, the young Serbian gets another game on the scoreboard.

*Nadal 6-3 4-2 Krajinovic

Nadal’s run of points on serve ends at 18 as his forehand goes wide, 40-15.

Another inside out forehand winner from Nadal wins the game. His footwork for that shot is unreal at times.

Nadal 6-3 3-2 Krajinovic*

Lovely backhand from Krajinovic catches the line for a winner, 30-all.

Break point Nadal after a classic forehand winner. Krajinovic ace to save break point.

And he gets the job done with a simple volley.

*Nadal 6-3 3-1 Krajinovic

Nadal stamps home his advantage. Three love holds for Nadal now. 14 points in a row. He’s looking so confident at the minute.

And Krajinovic hasn’t done much wrong.

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal has won three times in Indian Wells (Image: GETTY)

Nadal 6-3 2-1 Krajinovic*

20 consecutive points to the server is ended when Krajinovic puts a forehand into the net, 30-15.

But the Serbian responds with a deft drop shot which Nadal doesn’t even run for. First deuce in a long time as Krajinovic sloppily puts a backhand into the net. And he nets a forehand to hand Nadal a break point.

RALLY OF THE MATCH. Krajinovic does everything possible to hang with Nadal but it is not enough as the Spaniard runs around his backhand and flashes a forehand winner into the corner.

*Nadal 6-3 1-1 Krajinovic

Four love holds in a row now between the two players as Nadal gets on serve.

Impressive stuff.

Nadal 6-3 0-1 Krajinovic*

Positive start to the set by Krajinovic as he holds to love for the second time.

FIRST SET

*Nadal 6-3 Krajinovic

Nadal forehand winner, 30-0. Nadal backhand winner, 40-0. Three set points.

And an ace seals the set. Class from the Spaniard.

Nadal 5-3 Krajinovic*

Good stuff from Krajinovic as he gets his first love hold of the match. Pressure on to break back now

Krajinovic hasn’t lost a set all tournament.

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal won the first set 6-3 (Image: GETTY)

*Nadal 5-2 Krajinovic

Better serving from Nadal as he races to 40-15. Vintage forehand winner down the line from Nadal and he’s a game away from the set.

Nadal 4-2 Krajinovic*

Krajinovic is having to cover SO MUCH ground to keep up with Nadal and it takes its toll as he slips to 15-40.

Krajinovic goes long with a backhand and Nadal moves in front again.

*Nadal 3-2 Krajinovic

Couple of loose points from Nadal opens the door for Krajinovic, 15-30.

A delicate touch from Nadal at the net with a volley, 30-30. Bes point of the match for Krajinovic as he puts away a nice volley.

Break point Krajinovic after he takes charge of the rally. And the Serbian gets the break as Nadal goes long with a backhand. Game on!

Nadal 3-1 Krajinovic*

Relief for Krajinovic as a couple of errors from Nadal allows him to go 40-15 ahead.

A forehand into the net from Nadal and Krajinovic holds for his first game of the match.

*Nadal 3-0 Krajinovic

Krajinovic is leaving the ball a little short and it is giving Nadal plenty of time to let rip.

Break consolidated and it is a comfortable lead for Nadal already.

Nadal 2-0 Krajinovic*

Nadal gets Krajinovic on the run and forces a backhand error, 30-all. And a forehand error from Krajinovic gives Nadal break point.

And Krajinovic nets a tense forehand and gifts the early break to Nadal.

*Nadal 1-0 Krajinovic

First point of the match goes to Krajinovic after a nice drop shot. Then Nadal goes wide with a forehand, 0-30.

Nadal fights back to 30-all. And a mis-hit off the forehand from Krajinovic gives the opening game to Nadal

18:10: Nadal won the toss and will serve first…

18:05: Nadal and Krajinovic walk onto court for their match. Windy but sunny conditions at Indian Wells today.

17.50: Nadal is looking for his first tournament win since the Canadian Masters in August last year. Very rare for him to go so long without winning.

17:40: Nadal and Krajinovic were due to play each other at the Paris Masters in 2017. But Nadal pulled out before the match with an injury.

17:25: Hello and welcome to coverage of Rafael Nadal’s fourth-round clash at Indian Wells.

The Spaniard is taking on Serbian Filip Krajinovic in the first match of the day on Stadium 1.

Play gets underway just after 6pm (UK time).



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