Nadal claims 4th title in Acapulco after straight sets win over Norrie

Acapulco, Mexico, Feb 27 (EFE).- Spain’s Rafael Nadal won his 91st career title as a pro when he beat Britain’s Cameron Norrie 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the Mexican Open in Acapulco on Saturday.

Nadal didn’t start the match well, as he committed some unforced errors, but he soon found his groove and started hurting his opponent, eventually winning the break in the fifth game.

While he had an 86% success rate on his first serve, the key to his success in the first set was his finesse and accuracy at decisive moments.

The second set began in the best possible fashion for the Majorcan, who broke Norrie’s serve in the first game, much to the obvious frustration of the Briton, who smashed his racket on the court.

Releasing that anger seemed to help. Norrie began pressuring Nadal, and broke back in the second game.

Nadal regained the upper hand in the fifth game, forcing his opponent into unforced errors to secure the crucial break before opening up a 4-2 lead.

Just when he seemed to be out for the count, Norrie showed his courage, breaking back and getting the score to 5-4 after holding serve.

But in the tenth game the masterful Nadal sealed the deal, holding his serve to notch his 15th win of the season, his best start of his career.

With the result, the Spaniard added his third title in 2022: the Melbourne Open, the Australian Open and now Acapulco, his fourth title in Mexico.EFE


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