Nadal seems invincible in the Acapulco contest. With more than seven thousand spectators gathered in the Pegaso Stadium that almost entirely cheered for him, Rafael edged Croatian Marin Cilic (3) 6-1 and 6-2 in a 83-minute duel. If Nadal wins, this would be his third title, his first in 205 and the second in 2013.
“I started off very intense, he made some mistakes during the first set and during the second his play was much better, but the end I saved certain games with my serve. I would say this match was very thorough”-Nadal
The Mallorcan delivered such a spectacle that made him receive thundering ovations in several occasions. During the opening set Cilic hit 15 errors in the first five games enabling Nadal to take the lead 5-0. A pair of aces tilted the scores to Cilic’s side but it wasn’t enough.
The second set was started of just as the first: with Nadal in the lead after taking an early break. A backhand passing shot on the run gave Nadal an insurance break to lead 5-2 and he struck a forehand winner on his first match point to advance in one hour and 23 minutes.
This is Nadal’s second final round during this current season, the first he played Roger Federer for the Australian Open title. Only Ferrer and Thomas Muster have won the Acapulco title more than once.