World No. 2 Rafael Nadal looks set to collect his third Mexico Open title as he continues to go through the rounds comfortably, his latest victim being south Korea’s Soonwoo Kwon who was dismissed 6-2, 6-1 in their quarter-final clash
The match has been much tougher than what the result said. I think it was a beautiful match to see Rafa Nadal
Top seed Nadal eased into the semi-finals with his best performance of the week and is yet to drop a set at the hardcourt event in Acapulco, Mexico.
The Spaniard finished the night with 25 winners to 11 unforced errors and saved all eight break points he faced.
“The match has been much tougher than what the result said. I think it was a beautiful match to see,” Nadal said.
“It was a good match against a tough opponent. I think he’s going to have a very good tennis career.”
Next up for Nadal is Grigor Dimitrov, who ousted third seed Stan Wawrinka 6-4 6-4 earlier in the day.
The 2014 champion Dimitrov ended a five-match losing streak against the Swiss Wawrinka and has now won five of 12 career meetings between the two.
The Bulgarian will need to end another losing streak if he wants to reach the final in Acapulco because Nadal leads their career meetings by a whopping 12-1.
“Dimitrov finished last year much better than how he had played the rest of that year. He started to play some good tennis and is showing it here, winning some very good matches,” Nadal said. “I’m going to need my best and I hope I’m ready to make it happen.”
In the other semi-final, unseeded Taylor Fritz faces fifth seed John Isner in an all-American matchup, Fritz having brought to an end Kyle Edmund’s excellent run of seven consecutive wins, including the New York title, 6-4 6-3.
In contrast Isner was made to work hard by the American qualifier Tommy Paul, Alexander Zverev’s conqueror, before securing his last four place 7-6(3) 3-6 6-2.