Nadal reaches first Mexico Open final in 15 Years



Rafael Nadal booked his spot in the ATP Mexico Open final with a convincing 6-3, 6-2 win over Grigor Dimitrov.

The two-time tournament champion is the favourite to claim his third Acapulco title when he faced off with unseeded Taylor Fritz in Saturday’s final.

Nadal reaches his first final after 15 years since he won for the first time in Mexico. He also won in 2013 and improved to 18-2 at this event overall.

“I’m very happy. A great victory against one of the best players in the world and a good friend,” Nadal said after his one-sided victory on Friday night. “I think I’ve increased my level during the match, so it’s positive for me.”

The top seed clinched the victory on his first match point. He fell behind 0-30 in the final game but rallied to win the next four points.

On match point, seventh seed Dimitrov hit a backhand that clipped the top of the net and bounced in. But it hung in the air just long enough for Nadal to race forward and blast a cross-court forehand that the Bulgarian had no chance on.

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