American Taylor Fritz upset an ailing Rafael Nadel 6-3, 7-6 (5) to win the BNP Paribas Open and snap the 21-time major champion’s 20-match winning streak this year.
"I can’t say it’s a dream because I even couldn’t dream about that three months ago, two months ago,” Nadal said. "I am just enjoying every single moment.”
Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka was brought to tears by a heckler Saturday on the way to a 6-0, 6-4 loss to Veronika Kudermetova in the Indian Wells WTA hardcourt tournament.
Under the lights at Rod Laver Arena, the legendary Spaniard demonstrated his trademark big-match mentality, overcoming the Russian Medvedev 2-6, 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 in an epic five hours and 24 minutes final to win the trophy.
Friday's match at the O2 Arena in London was the first participation of the Swiss, who has won 20 major titles since the Wimbledon quarter-finals in 2021, due to the injuries in his knee and ultimately prompted him to decide to retire.
Rafael Nadal has suffered a "seven millimetre" tear to his abdomen but still intends to play his Wimbledon semi-final against Nick Kyrgios on Friday, sports daily Marca reported.
Wimbledon has been heavily criticised by both the ATP and WTA as well as players like Nadal's great rival Novak Djokovic for implementing the ban due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
The 19-year-old Spaniard reached his second ATP Masters final in five weeks and claimed his first ever win over a reigning world number one, overcoming Djokovic 6-7 (5/7), 7-5, 7-6 (7/5) in front of a sell-out home crowd at the Caja Magica.
Rafael Nadal won a 14th French Open and record-extending 22nd Grand Slam title on Sunday with a straight-sets rout of Casper Ruud to become the oldest male champion at Roland Garros.
The Australian Open starts its night action at 7:00pm with two matches on the slate. There is a 7:30pm start for the finals. In New York, there will be 12 night sessions at this year's US Open, also starting at 7:00pm.