Rafael Nadal Outclasses Taylor Fritz To Clinch Acapulco Title | Tennis News

Rafael Nadal Outclasses Taylor Fritz To Clinch Acapulco Title

World quantity two Rafael Nadal captured his first ATP Tour title of 2020, simply defeating unseeded Taylor Fritz in straight units, 6-3, 6-2, within the remaining of the Mexico Open on Saturday. The 33-year-old Nadal, enjoying in his first event since dropping within the quarter-finals on the Australian Open final month, did not drop a set all week and improved to 19-2 all-time at this occasion. He nabbed his third Mexico Open title to go along with victories in 2013 and 2005. “I couldn’t be happier. I played a great event from the beginning to the end,” Rafael Nadal stated. “Acapulco was the first big title that I won in my career, so to be able to stay here after 15 years is amazing.

“I can not thank sufficient the individuals who make me really feel at house each single time.”

Nadal wasted no time figuring out Fritz’s game in the first career meeting between the two.

The 19-time Grand Slam winner made eight unforced errors and needed just one ace but it came in the final game of the second set to get to championship point.

Nadal closed it out with a blistering serve that handcuffed Fritz and gave Nadal his 85th career title.

Nadal ceded the world number one ranking to Novak Djokovic after the Australian Open, the place the Serb gained a report eighth title.

Nadal may have regained the highest spot with a win in Acapulco, however he additionally wanted Djokovic to fail to achieve the ultimate on this week’s Dubai occasion.

Djokovic extended his win streak to 21 matches by beating Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-Four earlier Saturday to raise the Dubai trophy.

Nadal gained the ultimate eight factors to take the primary set. He seized management by breaking Fritz’s serve within the ninth recreation to go up 5-4. He then served for the set, successful 4 straight factors.

On set level he hammered a serve which Fritz barely received again. That arrange an overhead smash for Nadal which he put away properly.

Nadal broke Fritz twice within the second set, together with the fifth recreation to go up 3-2. He broke Fritz once more to take a 5-Four lead after which served out the match.

Nadal has now gained a title 17 consecutive years.

In the ladies’s remaining, seventh seeded Heather Watson captured her first WTA title in three years by grinding out a 6-4, 6-7 (6/8), 6-1 win over Canadian teen Leylah Fernandez.

The persistent Fernandez, of Filipino and Ecuadorean descent, survived 9 championship factors earlier than lastly succumbing to Britain’s Watson in a two hour, 46 minute marathon.

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