On February 28, No. 1 seed Rafael Nadal won 6-2, 6-1 against Korean “black horse” Soonwoo Kwon to win the right to the semi-finals of Acapulco Open.
Rafael Nadal met Dimitrov in the semi-finals of Acapulco Open
Rafael Nadal started a strong match with the game-winning white. The Spaniard soon broke in the fourth game after scoring a strong forehand. The No. 1 seed rolled out 11 winner points and had only 4 errors of self-damage, thereby quickly winning the first set with a score of 6-2.
Entering set 2, Kwon soon had the opportunity to lead before having 5 break-points. Even so, Rafael Nadal showed bravery to preserve the game. The Korean tennis player doesn’t take advantage of the opportunity and pay the price afterward. He let the opponent crack the game twice and lost the gap 1-6.
Nadal won after more after 90 minutes of play with a final score of 2-0 and won the right to the semi-finals. He is looking forward to the 3rd championship at Acapulco after two first place in 2005 and 2013.
“This game is more difficult than the score reflects. This is a game to watch, a good match against a tough opponent. Kwon will have a very good tennis career,” ATP quoted Rafael Nadal share.
The 22-year-old Korean player is making strong progress in early 2020. This is the 4th tournament in a row he reached the quarterfinals this month. Next week, Kwon will have the first time in the top 70 of the world.
Rafael Nadal is in the semi-finals and will play against Grigor Dimitrov. The Bulgarian had an impressive victory after 2 sets with a score of 6-4 before No. 3 seed Stan Wawrinka.
“Dimitrov finished last season much better than the way he played at the rest of the year. He started to play better and is showing it here, with very good wins. I will It takes a lot of effort and hope to be ready to show, ” Rafael Nadal said of the upcoming opponent.
The match between Nadal and Dimitrov took place on February 29. The Spanish player was overwhelmingly winning 12 out of 13 matches against Dimitrov. The other semi-final was a match between American tennis players Taylor Fritz and John Isner.
Djokovic and Rafael Nadal continue to compare the number of titles
In the last week of February, Rafael Nadal and Djokovic participated in the ATP 500 tournament. If Djokovic played in Dubai, Nadal competed in Acapulco.
After successful matches, both of them made it to the finals. It’s no surprise that both Nadal and Djokovic overcame rivals without a lot of difficulties to fill in their already-massive achievement tables.
If Djokovic easily beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4 after 1 hour and 19 minutes, Nadal defeated Taylor Fritz after 1:14 with scores 6-3, 6-2.
The championship earned in Dubai helped Nole to own 79 personal titles in his career while the throne at Acapulco helped Rafael Nadal raise the number of titles in his collection to 85.
Currently, both Rafael Nadal and Djokovic are in the top 5 of the world’s most tennis players in the open era (since 1968). If you only consider those who are playing, they are also in the top 3 of the people with the most titles (led by Federer).
With Federer retiring for half a year due to injury, Rafael Nadal and Djokovic will surely make an effort to continue to win more titles in the future.