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Indian Wells Tennis 2022: Rafael Nadal Wins, Daniil Medvedev Upset in Monday's Action

Erin WalshMarch 14, 2022

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Daniil Medvedev suffered a significant upset in the round of 32 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, on Monday, while Rafael Nadal blew by Dan Evans in straight sets to reach the round of 16.   

France's Gael Monfils, who is seeded No. 26, came back from a set down to defeat Medvedev, the top-ranked player in the world, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1. Nadal, the fourth-ranked player, beat Evans 7-5, 6-3.  

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🇫🇷 Magnifique Monfils 🇫🇷<a href="https://twitter.com/Gael_Monfils?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Gael_Monfils</a> defeats a World No.1 for the second time in his career (Nadal 2009), shocking Medvedev 4-6, 6-3, 6-1<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IndianWells?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#IndianWells</a> <a href="https://t.co/6YP0x4e8Gl">pic.twitter.com/6YP0x4e8Gl</a>

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Unbeaten in 2022 🙌<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IndianWells?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#IndianWells</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/RafaelNadal?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RafaelNadal</a> <a href="https://t.co/tzcpWl0rCj">pic.twitter.com/tzcpWl0rCj</a>

Here's a look at Monday's results and a deeper look into Medvedev's loss, Nadal's victory and more. 


Men's Singles Results

Gael Monfils def. Daniil Medvedev 4-6, 6-3, 6-1

Carlos Alcaraz def. Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 6-0

Rafael Nadal def. Daniel Evans 7-5, 6-3

Reilly Opelka def. Denis Shapovalov 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-4

Jenson Brooksby def. Stefanos Tsitsipas 1-6, 6-3, 6-2

Jannik Sinner def. Benjamin Bonzi 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-4


Women's Singles Results

Veronika Kudermetova def. Marie Bouzkova 6-4, 0-2 via walkover

Daria Saville def. Elise Mertens 6-3, 4-6, 6-3

Maria Sakkari def. Petra Kvitova 6-3, 6-0

Marketa Vondrousova def. Anett Kontaveit 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5)

Viktorija Golubic def. Jasmine Paolini 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (4)

Elena Rybakina def. Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 6-4

Paula Badosa def. Sara Sorribes Tormo 7-6 (4), 6-1


Medvedev won 10 straight points against Monfils to capture the first set, but the Frenchman continued to frustrate the Russian in the second and third sets. 

Monfils got out to a 3-1 start in the second set before Medvedev bounced back with two straight games to tie at 3-3. However, Monfils took the next three games and won the last point of the set with an impressive underarm serve. 

Medvedev was increasingly frustrated in the third set, smashing his racquet on the floor after Monfils took a 3-0 lead. He was unable to fight back, as Monfils closed out a memorable win 6-1 in the final set. 

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Just winning the set with the underarm serve 🙃<br><br>Never a dull moment with <a href="https://twitter.com/Gael_Monfils?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Gael_Monfils</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IndianWells?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#IndianWells</a> <a href="https://t.co/PGk0iAUQju">pic.twitter.com/PGk0iAUQju</a>

This was Medvedev's first tournament since taking over as the top-ranked player, but his early exit means that Novak Djokovic will once again be on top in a week. 

However, Medvedev can reclaim the top spot by making the semifinals at the Miami Open, which starts later this month. Djokovic cannot compete in the event because he is unable to travel to the United States as he remains unvaccinated. 

As for Monfils, the last time he defeated a No. 1-ranked player was in 2009 when he defeated Nadal 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinals at the ATP Qatar Open tennis tournament in Doha. 

Nadal, meanwhile, has yet to lose a match this season and became the first man to reach 400 singles wins at ATP Masters events with his win over Evans on Monday. 

However, Evans put up a good fight in the first set against Nadal, who had to rally from down 3-1. The Spaniard leveled things up at 4-4, and after things moved to 5-5, Nadal took the set when Evans double-faulted. 

Nadal took control of the second set immediately, jumping out to a 3-0 lead. He closed out the victory in just under two hours.

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In a league of his own 😤<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IndianWells?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#IndianWells</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/RafaelNadal?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RafaelNadal</a> <a href="https://t.co/uQb6Oriz50">pic.twitter.com/uQb6Oriz50</a>

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Casually saving break point 🤷‍♂️<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IndianWell?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#IndianWell</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/RafaelNadal?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RafaelNadal</a> <a href="https://t.co/aChj1taM12">pic.twitter.com/aChj1taM12</a>

The BNP Paribas Open final is set for Sunday, and Nadal will hope to make it there to keep his unbeaten streak alive. 

On the women's side, Marketa Vondrousova defeated No. 4 seed Anett Kontaveit 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(5) in what was one of the more thrilling matches of the day. Vondrousova was down 4-2 in the third set before powering back for the victory in what was her third career win over Kontaveit. 

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👏👏👏<a href="https://twitter.com/VondrousovaM?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@VondrousovaM</a> claims a first Top 10 win since the Olympics, taking down the red hot No.4 seed Kontaveit 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5)<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IndianWells?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#IndianWells</a> <a href="https://t.co/qwCyyYLAHi">pic.twitter.com/qwCyyYLAHi</a>

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Victory formation 💪<br><br>🇨🇿 <a href="https://twitter.com/VondrousovaM?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@VondrousovaM</a> powers past the No.4 seed Kontaveit in a tough three set match!<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IndianWells?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#IndianWells</a> <a href="https://t.co/OKOtaodhTG">pic.twitter.com/OKOtaodhTG</a>

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Finding her mark 👊<a href="https://twitter.com/VondrousovaM?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@VondrousovaM</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IndianWells?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#IndianWells</a> <a href="https://t.co/GQEqATocMH">pic.twitter.com/GQEqATocMH</a>

Vondrousova's win over Kontaveit was her first top-10 win since winning silver at the Tokyo Olympics last year. She will now meet No. 21 seed Veronika Kudermetova, who knocked out Naomi Osaka, in the round of 16. 

Paula Badosa also had an impressive victory over Sara Sorribes Tormo in straight sets, winning 7-6 (4), 6-1 to reach the round of 16. 

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Feeling it ⚡️<br><br>An amped up <a href="https://twitter.com/paulabadosa?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@paulabadosa</a> takes down fellow Spaniard Sorribes Tormo 7-6(4), 6-1 to continue her title defense quest<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IndianWells?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#IndianWells</a> <a href="https://t.co/ZuLzuz5EmK">pic.twitter.com/ZuLzuz5EmK</a>

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Badosa is locked in 🔒<br><br>Defending champ 🇪🇸 <a href="https://twitter.com/paulabadosa?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@paulabadosa</a> books her spot in the fourth round with a 7-6(4), 6-1 win over Sorribes Tormo!<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IndianWells?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#IndianWells</a> <a href="https://t.co/94LALyJKNm">pic.twitter.com/94LALyJKNm</a>

The first set between Badosa and Tormo was much more competitive. After Badosa went up 4-3, Tormo was able to force a tiebreak. However, Badosa turned up the heat on the tiebreaker to take the first set, sailing a forehand shot past Tormo for the win. 

With a grueling first set complete, Badosa breezed past Tormo in the second set to close out the victory with her head held high. 

Badosa won the BNP Paribas Open last year, defeating Elise Mertens 7-6 (5), 2-6, 7-6 (2). She could become the first woman to win two straight titles at Indian Wells in 30 years. Martina Navratilova was the last woman to do so in 1990 and 1991. 

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