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Tennis-Nadal beat Medvedev to date Norrie in Acapulco final

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Tennis – ATP 500 – Abierto Mexicano – Fairmont Princess Acapulco, Acapulco, Mexico – February 25, 2022 Rafael Nadal of Spain shakes hands with Daniil Medvedev of Russia after the REUTERS/Henry Romero match

February 26, 2022

(Reuters) – Rafa Nadal defeated new world number one Daniil Medvedev 6-3 6-3 in a rematch of his Australian Open clash to advance to the ATP 500 final in Acapulco on Friday.

Nadal had to fight back from two sets in their previous meeting in Melbourne in January to claim a record 21st men’s Grand Slam title, but in Mexico the Spaniard had a head start. fast.

Medvedev was forced to defend a couple of breakpoints in his first game of service, before Nadal broke two minutes later to take a 3-1 lead, which he held on to claim the first set with a score of 6. -3.

Nadal seemed to have regained his momentum in the second set, breaking serve early to take a 1-0 lead, but Medvedev increasingly dominated as the set progressed and began to plague the Spaniard. Any problems with his backhand.

Medvedev earned a total of 11 breakpoints in just two games of Nadal’s service in the second set, but the Australian Open champion dug deep to hold serve on both occasions, and beat the man’s comeback attempt. Russia.

The fact that Nadal was kept under pressure blew Medvedev’s sails and the Russian was once again broken by an unwarranted backhand that gave Nadal the win and set up a clash with the tennis player. British number one Cameron Norrie in the final.

“Daniil played really aggressively in the second set, with the shots falling and the winner,” Nadal, who has won Acapulco three times, said in his on-court interview.

“It was very difficult, I feel a bit lucky to have won that set because he had so many chances. It was great to win against the number one in the world and it was great to be in the final.

“Norrie has improved a lot this year. We are in the final of the 500 tournament in Acapulco, so you cannot expect an easy opponent. It will be a challenge, but I’m excited about it. ”

Earlier on Friday, British sixth seed Norrie prevented world number four Stefanos Tsitsipas from reaching a second straight final in Acapulco, winning 6-4 6-4 in one hour and 18 minutes.

“I didn’t really feel well at the start of the match. I had some worries, but my serve really kept me there,” said Norrie. “I was able to control his play and catch his backhand while defending my forehand.”

(Reporting by Aadi Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Sam Holmes)

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