“The Conditions are Crazy”- Rafael Nadal Ahead of Mexican Open Finals

Published 02/29/2020, 7:56 AM EST


World No.2 Rafael Nadal moved to his fourth Mexican Open final after defeating Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets on Friday. The top seed was satisfied as he improved his performance from the last match. However, is the Spaniard still adjusting to the heat and humid conditions in Acapulco?

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The Spaniard continued his dominance over Dimitrov, improving his head-to-head to 13-1 against the Bulgarian. Nadal lost his serve twice but broke his opponent’s serve five times to take control over the scoreboard. He hit 15 winners and committed 12 unforced errors as humidity prevented him from producing his best.

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“It’s very humid”: Rafael Nadal

The 33-year-old was certainly pleased to register a victory against his good friend and one of the best players in the world. The Mallorcan feels positive as he increased his level in the testing conditions during the match.

“The conditions are crazy. It’s very humid. But this was a great victory against one of the best players in the world. I’m increasing my level, playing better every match,” Nadal said after his one-sided victory on Friday night.

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What’s next for Nadal?

Rafael Nadal will face the unseeded Taylor Fritz in the Saturday’s final. Fritz defeated fellow American John Isner in the other semi-final 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 to reach his maiden ATP 500 final.

“He’s playing well. He has great service, fantastic shots from the baseline. It’s going to be a tough one,” Nadal said of Fritz. “I know I’m going to have to be at my best and I hope to be ready for it.”

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However, seeking his third title in Acapulco, Nadal is certainly the favourite against Fritz. He has only lost 20 games in his first four matches this week and is yet to lose a set. He is now 19-2 in Acapulco and will be aiming to win his first since the event switched to hard courts in 2014.

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Varun Khanna

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Starting off as a tennis author in 2018, Varun Khanna has gone on to contribute to EssentiallySports in various capacities. After setting up interviews with the likes of Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou, Alizé Cornet, and Noah Rubin, Varun is now part of all major ATP and WTA press conferences and has gone on to pen more than 1300 articles for EssentiallySports. He now heads the tennis and NBA division of the organization.

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