World No 2 Rafael Nadal cruised past Taylor Fritz to pocket his first title of 2020 and his third Mexican Open title in Acapulco.
It’s an important title in an important moment, I didn’t start the year as good as I wanted, but I got better Rafa Nadal
The 33-year-old won comfortably 6-3 6-2 against the American ending the week strongly having lost just 25 games without dropping a set.
In what was the first meeting between the pair, Nadal was quick to get the measure of his opponent and take control of the final, making just 8 unforced errors and striking 11 winners while delivering just one ace and withstanding 10 fired by his opponent.
“Winning in Acapulco is always special because of the closeness to the tournament and the people. It’s an important title in an important moment, I didn’t start the year as good as I wanted, but I got better, I came into the tournament a little bit saturated because I didn’t get a lot of rest and this was a week to build my confidence. I leave with my objective cleared, I’m very happy, I want to enjoy this and get ready for Indian Wells,” Nadal told the press.
Nadal closed it out on his first championship point with a blistering serve to the body for his 85th career title to becomes the oldest as well as youngest player ever to have won the Mexican Open. In addition he has now won a title in 17 consecutive years.
The Spaniard could also have regained the number one ranking with his Acapulco triumph, but he also needed his Serbian rival Novak Djokovic not to make the final in Dubai. He now trails the world No.1 by 370 points.