Taylor Fritz beats Rafael Nadal to win Indian Wells title

Taylor Fritz couldn’t help but scream. The pain was too intense. He couldn’t put any weight on his right ankle and assumed he would have to withdraw on Sunday from the biggest match of his professional tennis career, against Rafael Nadal in the final of a big tournament that he seemed destined to one day win.

Fritz, the 24-year-old from Rancho Santa Fe, hurt his right ankle in Saturday’s BNP Paribas Open semifinal and aggravated the injury during his warmup session that only lasted a few minutes Sunday morning. He limped around the players’ lounge at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden before seeing a doctor, who numbed Fritz’s right ankle and wrapped it in blue tape that peeked out from under his white sock.