Rafa Roundup: Tennis King of All Social Media

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Nadal and Carreno Busta defeated sixth seeds Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 6-4, 6-4, saving three of four break points faced in the 77-minute match.

The three-time champion Nadal will want to make sure that doesn’t happen again this year. He will be facing the improved lefty in Young. Their one previous meeting was a straight-sets win by Nadal at the BNP Paribas Open in 2008, and Nadal said Young is a much better player now. Young was successful playing spoiler in 2011 when he upset Andy Murray in the second round.

Nadal and Federer are the two standout performers in ATP Masters 1000 history, with the pair combining for 50 titles and 594 match wins. Nadal has won the most titles at this level (27), with Federer in second (23), while the Swiss leads the way in matches won (312), with the Spaniard in second (282).

Antes de los cuartos de final de dobles (mañana), Nadal regresa al Stadium Central de Indian Wells para vérselas en dieciseisavos del cuadro individual con Donald Young, el zurdo afroamericano estadounidense: será aproximadamente a partir de las 23:00 horas de hoy martes y después del choque de rivalidad entre otras dos afroamericanas estadounidenses: Serena Williams y Sloane Stephens.

Nadal has a whopping 15,024,000 Facebook likes – narrowly ahead of arch rival Roger Federer with 14,889,000 – but trumps him for Twitter followers with 7,590,000 compared to 2,720,000. Third place goes to Maria Sharapova with 15,421,000 Facebook likes – more than her male rivals – but lags behind on Twitter with only 1,540,000 followers.

“Le está costando su tiempo pero es algo completamente normal. Ha ganado el último torneo que ha jugado y poco a poco va a ir recobrando su nivel”, apuntó el exjugador mallorquín.

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