The Spanish Rafael Nadal defeated the Russian Daniil Medvedev, the first favorite, this Friday 6-3, 6-3 and qualified for the final of the Mexican Open of Tennis, in which he will face the British Cameron Norrie.
Nadal won the key points in the first set and saved 11 break points in the second to beat a Medvedev, that at times he showed excellent tennis and at others he was unfocused.
The match lived up to the expectations it started with, pitting the Australian Open finalists, in which Nadal won his twenty-first Grand Slam by beating the Russian.
The effectiveness of the Balearic tennis player with the first service was 68 percent in the first set, but he took advantage of the unforced errors of his opponent, whom he won the decisive points and won 6-3.
In the fourth game, Rafa broke his rival’s serve and from then on he maintained his aggressive tennis from the back of the court to make a difference in your favor.
In the second, Medvedev started erratically, lost serve at the start and fell behind. The Russian tried to recover the initiative, created the conditions, but could not break against a Nadal he showed mental superiority and saved four break points in game four and seven in game six, both coming long.
Medvedev ensured his service turns almost in a row until in the ninth game Nadal came from behind and broke to sign the victory.
This Saturday, the man from Manacor will face Norrie, sixth seed, who beat Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-4 for the title. third seed.
In a match that was decided in the details, Norrie broke the Greek’s serve in the ninth game of the two sets and was unstoppable on his left-footed serve.
If he fulfills his condition of favorite in the final, Nadal will reach his compatriot David Ferrer and the Austrian Thomas Muster as the top winners of Open titlesATP 500 tournament, which is played in Acapulco, this year with a prize pool of one million, 832,890 dollars