El tenista español Rafael Nadal, segundo del ránking mundial, venció por 6-3, 6-2 al estadounidense Taylor Fritz para ganar su tercer título en el Abierto de Tenis de Acapulco, el 85 de su carrera como profesional.
En el octavo juego Nadal quebró el servicio del norteamericano, confirmó en el noveno y ganó el primer set con un 85 por ciento de puntos ganados con el primer servicio.
La victoria terminó con una racha negativa de Nadal en el torneo 500 de la ATP del Pacífico mexicano, en el que perdió con el estadounidense Sam Querry la final de 2017, abandonó en 2018 y fue eliminado en octavos de finales por el australiano Nick Kyrgios el año pasado.
En la final de mujeres la británica Heather Wtson venció por 6-4, 6-7(8), 6-1 a la canadiense de 17 años Leylah Fernández, hija de padre ecuatoriano y madre filipina, que dejó una grata impresión al llegar de la ‘qualy’ y alcanzar la final.
Rafa Nadal wins the Acapulco Open, the 85th title of his career
Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal , second in the world rankings, beat the American Taylor Fritz on Saturday 6-3, 6-2 to win his third title at the Acapulco Tennis Open, 85 of his professional career.
Nadal and Fritz began with absolute mastery of their service by winning all points in their first service opportunities, but Rafa soon began to show superiority to the world number 35, considered at 22 years old one of the promises of the tour.
In the eighth game Nadal broke the service of the American , confirmed in the ninth and won the first set with 85 percent of points earned with the first service.
For the second round, Fritz returned with the idea of risking, but he found the Spaniard at a very high level that came out of the complications and was fine with his ‘drive’ at the decisive moments.
In the fifth game Fritz seemed deconcentrated and Rafa didn’t let him go; he broke the serve and headed for victory.
The American still had a breakout opportunity in the sixth game, but, as he did numerous times in the tournament, Nadal played his best tennis under pressure .
Frustrated, Fritz lost the serve in the seventh game, which opened the doors of the Manacor title, which he had won in Acapulco in 2005 and in 2013. With this Saturday’s victory he became the most veteran champion in Acapulco .
The victory ended with a negative streak of Nadal in the ATP 500 tournament of the Mexican Pacific, in which he lost with the American Sam Querry the final of 2017, left in 2018 and was eliminated in the round of 16 by Australian Nick Kyrgios the last year.
“It has been a special week, every time I come to Acapulco I return full of energy and with very good feelings,” said Nadal, who took a prize of $ 372,785 and added 500 points to his ranking.
In the women’s final the British Heather Wtson beat 6-4, 6-7 (8), 6-1 to the 17-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernández , daughter of an Ecuadorian father and Filipino mother, who left a pleasant impression upon arriving from the ‘qualy’ and reach the final.
This Saturday Heather was ahead 4-0 in the first round, but the teenager Fernandez won four of the following five “games”, although she lost the tenth and left the set.
In the second, the Canadian rose from a 2-6 in the ‘tie break’ and won 10-8 in a show of courage, but arrived exhausted to the third set and fell by 6-1, although she did not clash in her first final in the WTA circuit.