All-time Slam king Rafa Nadal survived a scare from Sebastian Korda before winning his second round match in three sets at Indian Wells.
Our champ was stretched to the limit before prevailing 6-2, 1-6, 7-6(3) in the match that lasted two hours, 29 minutes in the California desert.
After the match, Rafa said:
“I was very lucky today because I probably played one of the worst matches of the year. Sometimes you win matches like this. I fighted, it’s true, and I am through. I am very happy for that and I am going to try to be better the next day.”
His victory over the American puts him within one win of a major milestone: it is the 399th Masters 1000 win of his career.
Rafa improved to 16-0 on the year and is yet to lose an opening match at the BNP Paribas Open in 15 appearances.
Our champ next faces 27th seed Daniel Evans, a 6-2, 6-0 winner over Federico Coria earlier on Saturday.