ACAPULCO, March 1, 2020 (SNN247.com) – The King of Clay Rafael Nadal of Spain added another feather to his cap on Saturday when he outclassed Taylor Fritz of the United States in straight sets to lift the Acapulco Open tennis tournament in Acapulco, Mexico.
This was the third title for Rafael Nadal in Acapulco, which was his 85th major title in the ATP career. He also clinched the title in 2005 and 2013. However, his previous two victories at Acapulco Open were on red clay, but this time around he has won it on hard court.
Taylor Fritz was no match to the unheralded king of clay as the Spaniard completed the victory by 6-3 6-2 in front of a packed crowd.
Talking about his major achievement in Mexico, Rafael Nadal told an interviewer, “I couldn’t be happier. I played a great event from the beginning to the end. Acapulco was the first big title that I won in my career, so to be able to stay here after 15 years is amazing. I can’t thank enough the people who make me feel at home every single time.”
With victory at Acapulco Open 2020, Nadal has begun this year’s series of victories. The Spaniard is looking fitter than ever and is expected to add more titles to his tally. His winning streak at Acapulco Open was phenomenal as he never dropped a set in the tournament and lost only five games per match on an average.
Acapulco has been a happy hunting ground for Rafael Nadal who has won 20 of his 22 matches here. He is only the third player after David Ferrer and Thomas Muster to have won three titles in Acapulco, Mexico.
Talking about his long break after the Australian Open 2020, Nadal said, “After not competing since Australia, it’s an important week for me and an important moment. I played solid, with the right intensity and the right passion, and my forehand worked well. This title doesn’t mean that I will have a great season. It means another good start of the season for me. It gives me confidence, allows me to be in a privileged position in the ATP Race. At the end of the day, I’m still competing for these feelings that I am having right now. Regardless of the result, I am always happy after playing here. Now imagine how I am after getting the title!”
This was the fifth appearance in ATP Tour final for Taylor Fritz and the first in an ATP 500 event final. He is only the second American player after Sam Querrey to reach the Acapulco Open final. The American is all set to reach his career-high ranking of 24 when the fresh update of the ATP Rankings will be released on Monday.
When asked about his Spanish opponent, Fritz said, “He’s one of the best players to ever play the game and he showed me why that is tonight. This is one of my favorite tournaments to come to every year. I’m just glad that I could have a good week at one of my favorite events. I felt a lot of love all week. You always wish you could win, but I still have to take positives out of this week. It was an honor to step on the court with Rafa. I’ve played Roger and Novak, the other two people I watched when I was a kid. To play with Rafa, who I’ve watched since I was a kid, it’s pretty crazy when you step back to think about it.”
After appearing in the Acapulco final, both players won a handsome amount and a decent boost to their ranking points. With the title triumph, Rafael Nadal earned 500 ATP Ranking points and 372,758 U.S. dollars whereas Tayor Fritz gained 300 ATP Ranking points and 187,110 U.S. dollars.