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At Indian Wells, Spain’s Nadal and Alcaraz Meet in Men’s Semifinal

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They continue to be quite the contrasts: Nadal the maximizer of potential; Kyrgios the flickering flame. Nadal is deliberate, sometimes ponderous, between serves and points. Kyrgios plays as if he has a plane to catch. Nadal has never thrown a racket in anger in his pro profession; Kyrgios threw his twice on Thursday, the second time after losing the match, 7-6 (0), 5-7, 6-4. The racket rebounded off the court and flew toward the pinnacle of a ball boy standing near the back wall, who dodged it.

Kyrgios, booed as he left the court on Thursday, has already been suspended by the boys’s tour once in 2016 and placed on probation a second time in 2019 for misbehavior. He risks one other sanction after Thursday’s match, and the tour could be clever to crack down more convincingly on player tantrums. Last month, Alexander Zverev took 4 swings at an umpire’s chair, narrowly missing the umpire, in Acapulco, Mexico, and received no further suspension after being defaulted from the tournament.

“While you allow the players to do stuff, you then don’t know when is the road, and it’s a difficult thing,” Nadal said.

The Spaniard is now 6-3 against Kyrgios, who, for all his evident gifts, has yet to get past the quarterfinals in a Grand Slam singles tournament or win a Masters 1000 title.

Nadal is one in every of the good champions in any sport and with victory secured and the news conference accomplished, he took just a few more moments in front of the tv to look at more of Alcaraz’s match and consider Saturday and beyond.

“It’s great, truthfully, to have such a star from my country,” Nadal said. “Because for the tennis lovers, we’re going to maintain having fun with a tremendous player fighting for crucial titles for the following I don’t understand how a few years. Numerous years.”

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