Spanish tennis player Rafa Nadal will attend the ATP 500 on the clay court in Acapulco from February 24 to February 29 as the number one seed.
A year ago, Rafael Nadal lost to Nick Kyrgios in a dramatic match with two tie-break series in the second round. This year, he will have the opportunity to recover that “debt” if the two of them reached the final.
But for the time being, Nadal is likely to face another Australian player. It was Alex de Minaur – who just lost to him in the first ATP Cup semi-final last month. “I was not surprised. He was young, energetic. De Minaur played with great passion, sometimes a little too much, the Spanish tennis player spoke of a possible opponent in the second round.
Nadal has won the Acapulco twice, in 2005, 2013, and is the number one seed this year. In the match on February 26, the Spanish player will meet compatriot Pablo Andujar – who has never won Nadal in all three times before. Last time, Nadal needed a tie-break series in the final set to overcome his senior at the Rio Open 2014. Andujar just got the best Grand Slam performance when it came to the US Open IV last year.
Located in the lower bracket, Nick Kyrgios will begin the journey to protect the championship by going to Ugo Humbert. The opponent in the semi-finals of the sixth seed may be Alexander Zverev, defeated by Kyrgios himself in the final last year.
The No. 2 German seed is aiming to win the 12th ATP title in his career. Acapulco is the third tournament in this year that Zverev has participated. After losing all three matches of the ATP Cup group stage, he reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open 2020, but stopped in front of Dominic Thiem – the Austrian tennis player who then came second.