PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal beats Nick Kyrgios to reach Indian Wells semifinals

21-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal improved to 19-0 for the season when he defeated Australian Nick Kyrgios 7-6(0), 5-7, 6-3 in the quartefinals of the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday afternoon.

Our champ recovered from a break down in the first set and stayed calm and patient after losing the second set to eventually prevail in two hours and 46 minutes.

He will next play the winner of the match between defending champion Cameron Norrie and fellow Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz.


  1. You knew Rafa was not going to let Nicky beat him….no way, no how!
    Congratulations on a great win!
    Enjoy your day off and rest up.

  2. It was a great contest and some brilliant tennis. Congrats to Rafa. The contrast was a study, one calm and totally focused, the other like a volcano ready to erupt. Volcanoes burn themselves out!! Now for a rest day and healing time for Rafa’s foot.

  3. Way to go champ! I went to sleep at 1 set all but trusted that Rafa would come through. That was great news to wake up to!

    Rest that foot and be ready for battle next!

  4. Congratulations Rafa..job well done again. Keep it going Champ….you will enjoy playing your fellow countryman Carlos. Looking forward to the match. Buena Suerte Rafa ☘☘🇪🇦🇪🇦

  5. Great victory for Rafa as once again he proved that his will and determination can overcome an off game and a sore foot . I really enjoyed the 1st set tie breaker shutout pitched by Rafa . The winning set demonstrated that Rafa can change strategy if called upon by standing closer to the baseline to throw Nick’s service game into distraction . Next match against Alvarez will be the toughest yet and I hope Rafa is up to the challenge of besting his protege’.

  6. Yes,despite a tired and hurting body. your mind took hold and your soul gave you pep and strength. Wonderful to watch. Loved the Vamos as you did what you did best. Rise to the. Challenge!!! Two Togo. Sonice to have a day to rest!!! Vamos man!!-

  7. Congrats to Rafa for his victory over Kyrgios.
    WOW. 19-0 straight wins. That’s what I call a fighter, not a whiner.
    As I said before, it’s good that Nadal withdrew from Miami. So he can get plenty of rest in time for the clay season, especially going for his 14th RG title. (22nd GS)

    VAMOS RAFA Your the best

  8. Rafa played great and sorry I just can’t stand Kyrgios and his immaturity and hysteronics. Don’t why the ATP continues to humour him – he has no respect for other players or the game!! Hope Rafa’s foot is okay for the semi-finals!!!

  9. Congratulations Rafa you kept your calm, always professional and great to watch. Take care and rest your foot and onwards and upwards to the next round. Vamos x

  10. Congrats, Rafa! Always the perfect sportsman ignoring the insanity on the opposite side of the net. Nick has amazing potential if he could get his attitude under control. The better MAN and PLAYER won today as it should be. Keep going and I’m praying for your foot to be healed! Faith! IT WILL BE SO! Vamos, Rafa!

  11. Calm as you like! Kudos to Rafa for ignoring all the histrionics and getting a tough job done 👏🏼👍🏼🤴🏻

  12. Congratulations. Knew that you would win despite having pain in the foot…That’s my 🐐🐐

  13. CONGRATZ Rafa for staying cool and calm…ever the professional that you are.

    I hope you feel better tomorrow. Whatever it takes, do what you must to stay healthy. Wishing you all the best.


    • Yes, thank you Rafa!💚
      So stressful for me to watch😱 thank goodness Rafa took care of business.🙏

      Good luck to Rafa against C. Alcaraz or C. Norrie in the semis.🍀 Vamos💪💪💪

      • Hi Margo!

        Sounds good to me. Good luck to our champ for #20.🍀💚 The youngster, Carlos, looked impressive vs C. Norrie. He has not dropped a set this tournament, but I believe Rafa will end his run.💪

    • I actually quit my Tennis channel on my cable account and pay for a year of TCPlus what it would cost for ONE MONTH to have Tennis channel in my lineup. On TCPlus its NICE AND QUIET – just game only – no announcers :). LOVE IT!

    • Yes. Gmalola10. Just like yesterday, I silenced the TC volume because the commentary was so slanted to NK. Rafa gave them his answer by winning! Vamos Rafa in the semifinal on Sat.

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