The best in the world? Nadal beats Medvedev and gets into his fifth Acapulco final [Video]

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The Spanish Rafael Nadal defeated Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-3 on Friday.first favorite, and qualified for the final of the Mexican Tennis Open, in which He will face Britain’s Cameron Norrie.

Nadal won the key points in the first set and saved 11 break points in the second to beat a Medvedev, who at times He showed excellent tennis and for others he was deconcentrated.

The match fulfilled the expectations with which it began, by putting head to head against the finalists of the Australian Openin 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% in the prfirst set, but he took advantage of the unforced errors of his opponent, whom he won the deciding points and prevailed 6-3.

In the fourth game, Rafa broke his rival’s serve and, from then on, kept his tennis aggressive from the back of the court to make a difference in your favor.

In a secondMedvedev started erratically, lost serve at the start and went below. The Russian tried to recover the initiative, he created the conditions, but he could not break before a Nadal who showed mental superiority and he saved four break points in game four and seven in game six, both long lasting.

Medvedev assured his turns of service almost in a row; until, in the ninth game, Nadal came from behind and broke to sign the victory.

This Saturday, the manacorí will face Norrie, sixth seed, for the titlewho beat third-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 6-4, 6-4.

In a match that was decided in the details, Norrie broke the Greek’s serve in the ninth game of the two sets and he was intractable with his left foot serve.

To fulfill his condition of favorite in the final, Nadal will catch up with his compatriot David Ferrer and the Austrian Thomas Muster as top winners of Open titles, the ATP 500 tournament, which is played in Acapulco, this year with a $832,890 prize pool.

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