The quarter-finals of the ATP 500 competition in Acapulco, Thursday, yielded no unexpected results. Candidates won promotion to the next stage. On Friday, there will be the rematch of the 2022 Australian Open final.

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Rafael Nadal

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There were no surprises and everything turned out to be as planned. Top seed Danio Medvedev, who only learned 12 hours or so ago that he would become the new leader in the ATP rankings on Monday, confidently defeated Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka 6:2, 6:3.

Later, Rafael Nadal also won his duel. The Spaniard beat American Tommy Ball 6-0, 7:6 (5). This is his thirteenth consecutive win of the 2022 season. The 21-time Grand Slam champion had no such streak to open the year. On Friday, he will face Medvedev, who he defeated in the 2022 Australian Open final after a five-set battle.

Everyone knows how hard it is to play against Danio. I have to play at the highest level if I want the chance. Everyone saw how difficult the final was in Australia. There will be another fight on Friday. I know he’s playing well and he’s very confident. I’m looking forward to this duel – Nadal said (quote from atptour.com).

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The third seed, Stefanos Tsitsipas, also qualified for the semi-finals. The Greek won with American Marcus Giron 6:3, 6:4. The tennis player from Athens quickly gained the advantage of penetration in both sets and then kept the court under control. Thanks to this, he improved his match balance in the 2022 season to 14-4.

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Cameron Norrie will stand on Tsitsipasa’s path to the final on Friday. The Briton confirmed the shape from Delray Beach, where he won the title on Sunday. He did not give any chances to Petr Gogovchik, who took advantage of the disqualification of Alexander Zverev. He defeated the German 6: 1, 6: 0. Now he will be the rival of Tsitsipas, whom he lost to last year in the final in Lyon.

Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco (Mexico)
ATP 500, Hard Court, $1.678 million prize pool
Thursday 24 February

Quarter-finals singles:

Danio Medvedev (Russia, 1) b Yoshihito Nishioka (Japan, Q) 6-2, 6-3
Rafael Nadal (Spain 4) Tommy Ball (USA) 6-0, 7-6 (5).
Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece 3) beat Marcos Giron (USA) 6-3, 6-4
Cameron Norrie (UK 6) beat Peter Gojowczyk (Germany L.P.) 6-1, 6-0

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