Rafael Nadal became pure history at the Mexican Tennis Open 2022 after coming out champion by beating the British Cameron Norrie 6-4 and 6-4 in the final played in Acapulco, with which joined the Austrian Thomas Muster and his compatriot, the Spanish David Ferrer, as the top winners of this tournament, all with four titles.
The 29th edition of this tournament showed a great poster by bringing five of the top 10 of the ATP ranking, including Rafael Nadaltennis player who arrived at the port as the top winner of Grand Slam titles, which made him the favorite to win this competition, but he was also already loved by the public.
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The Spaniard equaled the mark of 4 titles in the @AbiertoTelcel David Ferrer and Thomas Muster after beating Cameron Norrie in straight sets in one hour and 54 minutes.
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– Mexican Open (@AbiertoTelcel) February 27, 2022
At the start of the match the number 12 in the world was solid, but that was not enough in the face of Nadal’s experience, giving up his serve, while the Australian champion confirmed the break, placing the first set 4-2. The rest of the set was no problem for the 21-time Grand Slam winner, taking the set 6-4.
The pressure and desperation appeared after the first game of this second mangawhen Norrie slammed his racket into the court after losing the game, instantly breaking and earning boos from the fans.
Cameron missed out on the match as he was frustrated with his mistakes that had him down in the set, He even approached the chair umpire to make several claims, causing the viewers to stop supporting him.; after that outburst, the King of Clay broke for the first time in the second set (5-2).
In the eighth game, the champion of the Delray Beach Open reacted immediately by recovering his serve and confirming the break; this was not enough, since Rafa would take the set and the match to be crowned at the Mexican Tennis Open for the fourth time.
How did Nadal reach the final of the Mexican Tennis Open 2022?
On his way to the 2022 AMT title, the number 5 in the world easily defeated the American Denis Kudla (6-3, 6-2), in the round of 16 Stefan Kozlov did not mean a problem for the Spaniard, whom he beat 6-0; while in the quarterfinals, Tommy Paul gave him more battle in the second set, which was due to heat issues, since he was sweating a lot, so his shorts were wet, which made the balls were wet; However, he was able to get out of this ‘problem’ and qualified for the semifinal, reaching the match that everyone longed for, which was the repeat of the Australian Open final.
In the prelude to the final, Nadal faced Daniil Medvedev, a Russian tennis player whom he defeated in this 2022 during the first Grand Slam of the year, a dose that was repeated again in the Acapulco tournament, defeating him in two sets (6-3, 6-3).
When did Rafa Nadal win his four titles at the AMT 2022?
A little-known young man arrived in Acapulco in 2005 when he was only 18 years old. It was in that edition that the Spaniard advanced to the different rounds of this competition until he qualified for the final, in which he faced Albert Montañés in three sets; that year Nadal won his first major (Roland Garros).
seven years later, Rafael won his second ATP 500 title in Acapulco, but on this occasion he came with another position, due to the great trajectory that he was already beginning to accumulate. Nadal beat his compatriot David Ferrer 6-0, 6-2.
It was in 2013 that Nadal won the third trophy of the Mexican Tennis Open after beating the American Taylor Fritz in straight sets. 6-3, 6-2, an edition that was a special moment, since it was one of the last editions to be held in the old complex.
Although there was a weariness after his participation in the Australian Open, Rafa arrived in Acapulco in a big way, where once again he rose to the applause of the public to write his name in gold letters to win his fourth title and make history in this ATP 500