Taylor Fritz won 6-3 and 6-2 in the final. Rafa responds to Djokovic's victory in Dubai with a resounding victory at the Mexican Open
As if he wanted to answer the title of Novak Djokovic in Dubai, Nadal took the Acapulco tournament with an incontestable authority. He imposed himself in the final on the American Taylor Fritz 6-3 and 6-2 in 74 minutes. Is his third title in the Mexican Open, the first that he has achieved since in 2014 the tournament changed the clay to the fast track. Champion in 2005, 2013 and 2020 and finalist in 2017, Rafa has had a perfect week. He reappeared almost a month after the defeat in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open against Thiem and all the signs have been positive. Physically superb, good pace of play, firm in all sections of your tennis ... flawless feelings to face the challenge of the American fast track tour. Indian Wells, Miami and Novak Djokovic wait.
Rafa was noticed in the final as comfortable as he has been seeing as the tournament progressed. Andújar, Kecmanovic, Kwon, Dimitrov and Fritz have suffered in Acapulco the most consistent version of Spanish. His tennis has barely had cracks. In the first set everything rolled. He gave up three points with his service, took advantage of the break opportunity he had in the eighth game with a parallel right and scored the first blank sleeve. turned out too easy. The gesture of both in the break was significant. The American made a face of "and now, what do I do?" Rafa changed his shirt, complied with his ritual and followed his own with the conviction of the one who knows he is on the right track.
Fritz tried to stay on hold in his service. It was really the only weapon he could appeal to. If in the first race he competed until the eighth game, in the second he gave up much earlier. Rafa's effects were a nightmare. Speed changes, another. Nadal played as he pleased. A few setbacks lifted here, good remains over there, zero unforced errors and at the slightest chance, winning coup. Added a break in the fifth game. Fritz despaired a little more and ran out of arguments to fight. Rafa was superb in Acapulco.