February 28, 2017
Rafael Nadal had a strong debut in the Abierto Mexicano de Tenis. The second seed swept German Mischa Zverev with a double match point that resulted in a final score of 6-4 and 6-3.
The Spaniard celebrated with his Acapulco fans in the venue that saw him crown himself in 2005 and 2013 without losing a single set. The player eased through the match with the support of his followers that would scream and applaud every time he scored points. With an ear-to-ear smile, Nadal lifted his arms in celebration while he received a grand ovation.
“The truth is I had a good game, I’ve been training. After Australia I needed to gather myself. I arrived to Acapulco with anticipation; I spent the previous week in Cozumel to get myself used to the tropical weather. This was a great game against a difficult rival”, shared Nadal with the press.
An eager to win Nadal left fellow left-hander Zverev (30 ATP) without a chance during the German’s tournament debut. 76 minutes were more than enough to secure Rafa’s pass to the next round. During the evening’s duel Nadal gave a demonstration of an effective drive as well as his first serve. Zverev was not able to generate breaks during the first set and didn’t seize the break on the second.
The confrontation was a display of Nadal’s good physical shape although he had not played since the final round in the Australian Open. Nadal now leads the head-to-head with Zverev 2-0
Nadal’s next rival is Italian Paolo Lorenzi that edged Yoshihito Nishioka and now has a record of 3 consecutive wins.