Almost a month after the defeat in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open against Dominic Thiem, Rafa Nadal reappeared around Acapulco and beat Pablo Andújar 6-3 and 6-2. The victory allows him to reach the knockout stages of the Telcel Mexican Open where 20-year-old Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic will be measured, who defeated the Australian De Miñaur. The rival in the hypothetical quarter crossing would come out of the duel between Serbian Dusan Lajovic and Korean Soonwo Kwon.
“The most important thing after a while without competing was winning. I needed a match like today to take a beat, ”Rafa said after beating Andújar. Pablo was the perfect rival for Nadal after more than three weeks without playing an official match. The number 54 of the ranking was ahead by 0-2 in the first round, but its high pace of play from the bottom of the track was the perfect excuse for the world number two was finding more and more comfortable. Rafa’s two breaks in the fourth and sixth games were enough to track the first round. A new break in the first game of the second set ended Andújar’s resistance. The game, which was played on the last turn of the plant, had very demanding weather conditions: 27 degrees and a very high percentage of humidity.
Rafa is now waiting for a Next Gen player with a great right. Thus the Spaniard sees Kecmanovic: “He is a powerful player, with lots of energy; It’s going to be a difficult game. The games against young people are complicated because they have a special energy and he has it; I hope to play at a good level. “