All-time Slam king Rafael Nadal continued his recent win streak by posting a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win over Carlos Alcaraz in the BNP Paribas Open semifinals on Saturday, extending his career-best start to 20-0 and giving him a chance to win his fourth title at the tournament.
Despite losing the second set, our champ managed to stay calm and finished the match in very windy conditions after three hours of play. With today’s win, Rafa is projected to overtake Alexander Zverev for No. 3 in Monday’s ATP singles rankings.
“I think he started playing amazing; it was so difficult to stop him,” Rafa said of his 18-year-old countryman. “In the second the conditions became crazy; it was so difficult, everything. In the third I think I played much better; I tried to be more aggressive. I am super happy to be in the final; it means a lot to me.”
Continuing his quest for a record-tying 37th Masters 1000 crown, Rafa will meet No. 20 Taylor Fritz in Sunday’s final. The American reached his first ATP Masters 1000 final earlier today when he defeated seventh seed Andrey Rublev 7-5, 6-4.