Nadal won the match at Acapulco

Rafa Nadal won over compatriot Pablo Andujar 6-3, 6-2 in the ATP Acapulco tournament on February 26.

In the first match since the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, Nadal played not really as well as expected, before the opponent has never won him in all three meetings before.

In the entire 90-minute match, the owner of 19 Grand Slam lost two serves, one game per set, including the first game of the match. Despite losing more than half the points in return games, Nadal also won five games to block the ball. He scored a total of 26 winner points, and made 23 self-defeating errors.

Andujar took the lead first, taking advantage of the first-seeded faulty hand to lead 2-0 with a winner along the line. However, after a slow foreplay, Nadal caught up with the tempo of the game to restore order. The number two player in the world wins two games of defending in a row after two shots from a compatriot’s opponent.

Andujar tried to save three set-points while being 2-5, but ultimately could not save the situation. Nadal closed the first set victory with a perfect delivery game.

In the second set, the 33-year-old dominated the game by losing only one serve and winning three more games to close the ball and close the match. It was also the 16th victory in Nadal’s 18 matches in this tournament.

The opponent in the upcoming second round of the Spanish player is Miomir Kecmanovic, the winner of young Australian talent Alex de Minaur with the score 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

The champions of ATP Acapluco 2005 and 2013 are raising hopes of regaining the number one world lost to Djokovic, because the gap between the two is only 325 points. If Nadal wins the championship this weekend, Djokovic will have to reach the semi-finals of the Dubai Championships to keep the top of the ATP scoreboard.

Thiem is about to surpass Federer: Dream about the Grand Slam

After a painful defeat of 6-7 (1-7), 4-6, 3-6 against rival Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open men’s singles semifinals last month and just won Rafael Nadal after 3 sets in a friendly match Charity Fund in Cape Town (South Africa), Roger Federer has had trauma surgery and long-term leave.

Federer will pay special attention to Dominic Thiem. The 26-year-old Austrian surprised at the Australian Open recently when he defeated Rafael Nadal 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 7-6 (8-6) in Australian Open quarterfinals. In the final of the first Grand Slam this year, Thiem also caused defending champion Djokovic to undergo five extremely hard set to win him to the 8th coronation at Melbourne Park.

Recently at the Rio Open, the tournament that I had won in 2017, Thiem was determined to raise the championship cup to take over the position of the 3rd male tennis player in the world that Federer holds. However, he stopped in the quarterfinals and could not take the throne of Federer immediately.

Ahead of the Rio Open this year on February, the gap on the ATP chart between him and Federer is only 85 points. Commenting on the great opportunity to take the 3rd place in the world from Federer, Thiem said: “Of course, I’m happy that I’m in a high position in my career, but I really want to get the NoI.1. Although knowing it’s a challenge, but it’s also a nice goal for me to realize in the coming weeks. ”

Austrian tennis king even emphasized improving the position with the desire to surpass Federer so that for the first time to reach the top 3 of the ATP rankings is not his top goal in the near future. Instead, he wants to win his first Grand Slam title after losing all three to the finals at Roland Garros (2018, 2019) and the Australian Open (2020) under Nadal and Djokovic. Instead, I want to continue my performance like I played at the Australian Open. After that, something will be happened to my rankings. “

Although Federer cannot be overthrown, it will come soon in the coming weeks with Thiem due to the injury “Express Train” and long-term breaks. Achieving this goal, the Austrian is able to give his all to the first Grand Slam title of his career.

Nadal, Medvedev play the second round of the Australian Open today

Rafael Nadal met Federico Delbonis, while Daniil Medvedev faced Pedro Martinez in the second round of the Australian Open, on January 23.

Nadal won all three of his previous matches with Delbonis. The Spanish player has not lost a set to his Argentinian opponent, and has never let the opponent win more than three games in each set. At the most recent encounter at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Nadal won easily 6-2, 6-1.

Delbonis is also left-handed and won Novak Djokovic a set at ATP Miami last year. In the first round of the Australian Open, the world’s No. 76 player beat Joao Sousa 6-3, 6-4, 7-6. But Nadal has not lost in the last 13 times against the left-handed players. The Spaniard has never failed in the second round of the Australian Open.

Nadal, earlier, started his journey in the Australian Open with a 6-2, 6-3, 6-0 victory over Hugo Dellien. The world’s number one player will meet Delbonis expected at 16:30 today.

In the morning, the biggest obstacle in Nadal’s semifinals will be played. Daniil Medvedev, after a tough first round match with Frances Tiafoe, only had to face Pedro Martinez in the second round.

Martinez, the world’s 168 player, surprised Dominik Koepfer after three sets in the first round. The 22-year-old has never previously won at the ATP Tour. Medvedev has just experienced 2019 successfully, with many wins (59) and many times to the most final (9) on the Tour.

Never reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, but Medvedev’s performance has improved year by year. The Russian player was eliminated in the first round of 2017, going to the second round of 2018 before losing to Novak Djokovic in the fourth round of 2019.

Also in this bracket, fifth seed Dominic Thiem will meet host Alex Bolt today. Seventh seed Alexander Zverev confronts Egor Gerasimov, Stan Wawrinka encounters Andreas Seppi while “test horse” Nick Kyrgios encounters Gilles Simon.