ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — Rafael Nadal mentioned earlier within the week that he wasn’t conscious of his profession statistics. Now, he would possibly need to take a look at them.
The 35-year-old Spaniard defeated Cameron Norrie 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday to win the Mexican Open and prolong his career-best begin for a season to 15-0 as he gained his 91st ATP title.
Nadal, who gained his third title in 2022, together with the Australian Open for his document twenty first Grand Slam singles title, is three victories from tying Ivan Lendl’s whole of 94 for third place for many championships within the Open Period. Jimmy Connors leads with 109 and Roger Federer has 103.
“On the finish of the day I´ve all the time mentioned that this sort of information must be measured as soon as your profession is over,” mentioned Nadal. “Immediately a very powerful factor is that I’ve gained a prestigious match.”
The Mexican Open is an ATP 500-level match performed on arduous courts and this yr 4 of the top-five gamers on the planet began within the draw — Daniil Medvedev (2), Alexander Zverev (3), Stefanos Tsitsipas (4) and Nadal (5).
Medvedev, who will rise to No. 1 within the rankings on Monday, misplaced to Nadal within the semifinals. Zverev was thrown out of the match for violently smashing his racket on the umpire’s chair moments after shedding a doubles match, whereas Tsitsipas misplaced to Norrie within the different semifinal.
“(Acapulco) is a match that began with 5 of the highest six gamers on the planet, it was sophisticated, and I ended up taking the victory,” added Nadal. “Trying again, a number of weeks in the past this might have regarded inconceivable, it´s superb how issues can change in such a brief span, from not having the ability to follow and now to be the place I’m right now.”
The Spaniard gained for the fourth time in Acapulco (2005, 2013 and 2020) the place he’s a fan favourite.
He gained his first title in Mexico when he was 18 and holds the document for the youngest winner in match historical past in addition to the oldest at 35.
“It´s been an extended profession, the primary time I got here right here every little thing was new for me and in any case these years you begin to recognize extra every victory than once you had been an 18-year-old boy,” mentioned Nadal.
The Spaniard mentioned that his physique is holding up properly and is keen to play at Indian Wells, California, in a few weeks.
Norrie, who was on an eight-game profitable streak, was attempting to turn out to be the primary British man to win the Mexican Open in its 29-year historical past.
“I performed in opposition to him earlier than, so I had an concept on how you can play him, however I gave him a few straightforward factors and he gave me nothing,” mentioned Norrie. “It was little little bit of lack of focus, and I gave him the match.”
At the beginning of the match, Nadal had a break within the fifth recreation to take a 3-2 lead and went on to win the primary set in 51 minutes.
Within the second set, Nadal had a break within the first recreation, however Norrie returned it and gave the impression to be again into the match, however the Spaniard added breaks within the fifth and seventh video games to take house the trophy.
Within the doubles ultimate, Feliciano Lopez and Tsitsipas defeated Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Rojer 7-5, 6-4.
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