Acapulco, February 26th, 2022. – The new champion of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC is an old acquaintance. Rafael Nadal defeated Cameron Norrie by a double 6-4 and secure his fourth title of the tournament, 17 years after his first title in Acapulco.
Cameron Norrie did everything he could and competed to match what would have been his first ATP 500. But when Rafa had opportunities to break, he showed his best version and put the Brit in trouble.
Nadal was aggressive in decisive moments. He also knew how to take advantage whenever Norrie opened a window to improve the scoreboard. The first 6-4 reflected how close the first set had been.
Rafa advanced even further in the second set despite losing his serve on one occasion. He managed to get 5-2 and serve for the championship, but Norrie bought himself extra time to prolong the final two more games.
The Spaniard used his great technique in the court to get out of some trouble, especially in the 30-15 final. So he got two match points but only needed the first to become champion.
Rafael Nadal became the third tetrachampion of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC after Thomas Muster and David Ferrer. In addition, he surpassed his own record as the longest champion, which he had established back in 2020.