21-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal will take on 26-year-old Nick Kyrgios in the querterfinals of the 2022 Indian Wells Masters on Thursday.
Date: March 17, 2022
Match time: Not before 3 PM local time / 6 PM EST – New York, Montreal / 10 PM GMT – United Kingdom / 11 PM CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / Friday 9 AM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.
Rafa owns a 5-3 head-to-head advance over Kyrgios, but the Australian won both of their previous meetings on North American hard courts. Our champ has gotten the best of their two most recent meetings. He triumphed 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(3) at Wimbledon in 2019 and won by an almost identical 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(6), 7-6(4) scoreline at the 2020 Australian Open.
Rafa on playing Kyrgios:
“Nick is difficult in any conditions, no? When he’s playing well and when he’s excited and motivated, he’s one of the toughest opponents without a doubt, no? Thursday is going to be a tough match, but we are in quarterfinals of Indian Wells, Masters 1000. We can’t expect another thing, no? I have to expect a very tough opponent in front. I hope to be ready for it. I need to play well and let’s see if I’m able to make that happen hopefully.”
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!
Genius at work. Vamos Rafa
I’m strangely calm about Rafa’s quarter final against Nick K. If he wins that’s great. If he loses, then he can get home, rest his foot, have some time off and then prepare for his beloved clay. All good either way. Vamos Rafa!!!
Good luck in this one Rafa, keep that streak going champ!
I am beyond thrilled with watching you play. You truly are a tennis treasure – nay a SPORTING treasure! I do NOT look forward to the day when there is no Rafa on Centre Court… Go get Kyrgios! Vamos Rafa!!
Me too Jill. That will be a sad day
Gold luck and Vamos Rafa❤️
I am sure you will make a plan, like you always do – your changed game plan in every match up to now WOW you are a champ!!!!
Crush him like Beijing quarters
All the Best Rafa, you can win this match with your perseverance and great Tennis Skill! 💙
Congratulations Rafa, onwards and upwards to the next round, Vamos x
Play your best tennis, Rafa. I think Nick Kyrgios has extra motivation when playing you…
Good luck🍀 Vamos💪❤️