One of the finalists of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC is the same player who came to win the title 17 years ago: Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard, currently number 5 in the world, will have the opportunity to win the title in Acapulco once again.
The Spaniard won the semifinal against Daniil Medvedev. During the first set, Nadal showed one of his best versions to offset the Russian. During the second set, the audience got emotional for this encounter and enjoyed it more.
Rafa held his serve in order to save Medvedev’s 11 break opportunities in the second set. Nadal survived thanks to a pair of sloppy hits, extraordinary volleys, and mistakes coming from his rival. The Russian could no longer recover, and Nadal secured his victory with a double 6-3.
Comparing the Australian Open final, Rafa stated that the conditions were different from those in Melbourne. The Manacor also highlighted how well he was with his serve, especially in that second set.
In the final, Nadal will have his fourth match against Cameron Norrie, whom he has defeated on three occasions last season. The Brit has still not been able to win a set against the Manacor after the defeats at the Australian Open, Barcelona and Roland Garros.
Nadal could become the third player with four titles in Acapulco, after Thomas Muster and his compatriot David Ferrer. In addition, he could surpass his own record as the longest-standing champion of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC, which he already established in the 2020 edition.