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Nadal strolls into Acapulco final

LOS ANGELES, Feb 29 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 2/29/2020 9:37:04 AM IST

Rafael Nadal applied a steady stream of blistering forehand winners and a heavy dose of precision serves to book his place in the final of ATP Mexico Open with a convincing 6-3, 6-2 win over Grigor Dimitrov.

The two-time tournament winner will be the favourite to declare his 3rd Acapulco title when he faces unseeded Taylor Fritz in final.

It has been 15 decades due to the fact globe No. two Nadal won for the very first time below. He also gained in 2013 and enhanced to 18-2 at this celebration all round.

“I’m quite happy. A great victory versus a person of the finest players in the world and a fantastic friend,” Nadal said soon after his a single-sided victory on Friday night time. “I feel I’ve enhanced my degree through the match, so it is optimistic for me.”

The best seed clinched the victory on his first match level. He fell powering -30 in the final match but rallied to win the subsequent 4 details. On match position, seventh seed Dimitrov strike a backhand that clipped the best of the internet and bounced in. But it hung in the air just extensive ample for Nadal to race ahead and blast a cross-court forehand that the Bulgarian had no chance on.

Nadal continued his dominance of Dimitrov, strengthening to 13-one life time. Nadal has only misplaced 20 games in his to start with four matches this week and is however to drop a established.

The unseeded Fritz defeated fellow American John Isner in the other semi-ultimate 2-six, seven-five, 6-three.

“He’s actively playing very well. He has a wonderful serve, superb pictures from the baseline. It’s heading to be a tricky one particular,” Nadal said of Fritz. “I know I’m going to have to be at my greatest and I hope to be ready for it.”

This will be the initial meeting among Nadal and 22-calendar year-outdated Fritz. The next established progressed approximately identically to the to start with established, with Dimitrov breaking early for a 2- guide in advance of Nadal stormed back again. 

Nadal concluded out the night by likely on a 6-recreation operate. His ultimate forehand winner ended participate in following 1 hour and 41 minutes.

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