Rafael Nadal defeated Cameron Norrie 6-4, 6-4 to win the Acapulco title on Sunday.© AFP
Rafael Nadal continued his perfect start to 2022, beating Cameron Norrie 6-4, 6-4 to capture the Acapulco ATP title in his first tournament since winning the Australian Open. It took Nadal an hour and 54 minutes to beat twelfth-ranked Norrie for the fourth time in as many career meetings. “Cameron is a very solid player, he is a tricky player, he makes you feel like you can’t play comfortably against him at all,” Nadal said. “I had some very difficult moments in the match.”
But the world’s number five wasn’t too timid to take a 91st career win, and his fourth in Acapulco after victories in 2005, 2013, and 2020.
As in 2020, Nadal won this week without dropping a set.
Nadal has been undefeated since losing to Lloyd Harris in the third round in Washington on August 5. He then ended his 2021 season due to a left foot injury.
He returned to win the Melbourne Summer Set Australian Open tuning, then won the Australian Open a second time to break out of a tie with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic for the most men’s Grand Slam titles ever won.
Nadal took the lone break of the opening set in the fifth game, hitting a couple of Norrie miscues that gave him a breakpoint and a forehand that shot the winner across the line to convert.
After trading breaks in the first two games of the second set, Norrie held onto a 2-1 lead, only for Nadal to roar back with four games in a row.
Broken on his first attempt to serve out the game, Nadal made no mistake on his second chance.
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