Rafael Nadal won the ATP 500 hard court race in Acapulco on Saturday. The Spanish tennis player maintained his winning streak in the 2022 season, winning the 91st Cup in the main tournament.

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Rafael Nadal, Abierto Mexicano Telcel 2022 Champion

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On Saturday night, two left-handed players, Rafael Nadal (ATP 5) and Cameron Norrie (ATP 12), competed for the title. This was the fourth encounter of the tour. In 2021, the British Spaniard defeated the British at the Australian Open, Barcelona and Roland Garros. In Acapulco, Majorkanen won 6:4, 6:4 and for the fourth time did not lose a set.

Nouri wanted to repeat last week’s success with Delray Beach in Acapulco, but he didn’t quite reach Nadal’s level. The first release was determined by a hack in the fifth match. The Briton tried to defend the break point and hit the net, but he shot with an excellent forehand for the Spaniard.

There was more excitement in the second installment. He still got his breakthrough quickly, but Nuri surprised him with a response and won two games in a row. With a score of 1: 2, the Spaniard entered a higher level. He masterfully retrained, served and moved around the court. The Briton could not stand the pressure of his opponent and beat him twice. With a 5-2 draw, Rafa missed the opportunity to end the match. However, he did so in the tenth inning, when his opponent sent the ball into the car with the match ball.

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In the hour and 55 minutes, Nadal finished with 19 balls and 11 unforced errors. Nouri responded with 14 winning strikes, but also made 19 fouls. Both scored five break points, but the Spaniard had the most breaks (4-2). He also scored 10 points more than his opponent (63-53).

He won the Mexican International Championship for the fourth time and won the famous silver medal. Previously, he did so in 2005, 2013 and 2020. The Spaniard has a perfect 15-0 match balance in the 2022 season. His victory on Saturday in Acapulco is his third title this year and 91st in his career.

– During the match I had some difficult moments, but I managed to hold on. I seized the opportunity when the opportunities arose. I’m very happy. It’s a very important title for me and I couldn’t be happier,” Nadal said during the decorating ceremony. He is the oldest winner in the history of the Acapulco event. The title he earned means for him 500 points to the ATP ranking.

Nouri has yet to win his fourth championship in his career, but he can still please himself. The British missile will remain the twelfth in the world on Monday. If he had won the title in Mexico, he would have made his debut in the ATP Top 10 list. Hubert Hurkacz will return to this group on Monday.

The doubles title issue was also settled on Saturday. Feliciano Lopez and Stefanos Tsitsipas became the doubles champions. The Spanish and Greek wildcards defeated Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Roger 7:5, 6:4 in the final. The Salvadorans and the Dutch were looking forward to a third straight championship after having been top performers in Dallas and Delray Beach in the past weeks. Lopez won the sixth doubles cup in the main series, Tsitsipas first.

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Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco (Mexico)
ATP 500, Hard Court, $1.678 million prize pool
Saturday 26 February

singles final:

Rafael Nadal (Spain 4) beat Cameron Norrie (GB 6) 6-4 6-4

My husband is final:

Feliciano Lopez (Spain, World Cup) / Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece, World Cup) v Marcelo Arevalo (El Salvador, 4) / Jan Julien Roger (Netherlands, 4) 7-5, 6-4

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