Acapulco, February 27th. – The Spaniard Rafael Nadal (35 years old), who lifted his fourth trophy on Saturday at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC, said that with the knowledge and experience he has acquired over the years, his triumphs are more valuable.
“Perhaps I value my victories more now than when I was an 18-year-old,” said Nadal at the conference, who won his first title in Acapulco when he was 18 years old, and 17 years later won the fourth title; he won the other 2 titles in 2013 and 2020.
With his victory in Acapulco, Nadal joined the Austrian Thomas Muster and fellow Spaniard David Ferrer as the tournament’s top winners, all of them have won four titles.
“For me, the most important thing today is that I have won a prestigious tournament within the tennis world. Winning a trophy here means a lot,” said the Spaniard, who came as 5th of the world to the tournament and was the fourth pre-classified to the title.
With a glorious start in this season, he has won three tournaments, including the Australian Open and the Acapulco Open 500. For the Spaniard it is “incredible how things change from one day to the next, from practically not being able to train and now standing here with my 4th title”.
Regarding his 91st title in his career, Nadal said, “it’s one more title for his career” and called it “an important title”.
Out of his winning streak that is now 15-0, the best of his career, he said that it’s all “because I have maintained a good attitude. I’m really happy and enjoying every moment”.
When talking about his performance at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC, he recalled that “I did not lose a set in the entire tournament. The first days were sort of fast matches, they got longer until the quarterfinals match with Tommy Paul. I consider myself a player who sweats a lot, it is a little complicated to play in these conditions, but I have done well”.
Regarding the support he receives in Mexico from the fans, who supported and applauded him at all times at the Arena GNP Seguros stadium, the Spaniard showed a lot of gratitude with his words.
“I always leave with fantastic memories due to people’s affection. I have achieved very good results almost every time I have been here. I hope it’s a place that people will remember me when I can’t come back,” said Rafa, who lifted his 25th title on hard court.