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.

The trend of young champions winning Grand Slam

Success at the young level is not necessarily the basis for winning the Grand Slam, but that seems to be becoming a trend in women’s tennis.

Gifted athletes have a good starting point. In fact, competing with competitors of the same age in the youth tournament is completely different when entering the path of professional competition. In the past, there were many young tennis players who held the number one position in the world or had won the Grand Slam Youth Championship, but were unsuccessful in professional tournaments.

But recently, that has changed, especially in women’s tennis, with some Grand Slam champions coming up from success in the youth tournaments. Sofia Kenin is the latest evidence. Russian-American girl acquainted with the racket from a very young age. At the age of 6, she had the opportunity to meet and talk with idol Kim Clijsters in 2005. As a teenager, Kenin has achieved many successes, especially in America.

Kenin used to be the number two young player in the world and won the U18 USA. In addition, she reached the final of the 2015 US Open, winning a special ticket to the main round at Flushing Meadows that year. However, Kenin lost to the Hungarian Dalma Galfi in that final. But for now, while Kenin is first in the top 10 in the world, Galfi is ranked 269th on the WTA rankings. The 2015 US Open youth champion also lost to Tereza Mrdeza in the ITF semi-final which took place in Florida two weeks ago.

Kenin’s victory in Melbourne Park extends the list of young players who have successfully conquered the Grand Slam. Bianca Andreescu, the current US Open champion, is also one of them. The 19-year-old Canadian has ranked third in the world in the world youth rankings, played two Grand Slam semi-finals and won two Grand Slam titles in the youth doubles competition. Ashleigh Barty, champion of Roland Garros 2019, was also crowned at the Wimbledon Youth Championship at the age of 15 and was once the number two young player in the world.

Simona Halep – the champion of Roland Garros 2018 and Wimbledon 2019 – is equally good, although it takes more time than Kenin, Barty or Andreescu to assert themselves in the professional playing field. Former Romanian number one youngster won the 2008 Roland Garros youth championship. But it was not until ten years later that Halep made a professional-level breakthrough with the first Grand Slam on the clay court in Paris. .

Caroline Wozniacki is a similar case to Halep. She used to be the number two young player in the world and won the Wimbledon Youth Championship in 2006, but experienced many ups and downs to get rid of the nickname “Queen without Grand Slam” when she took the throne in the Australian Open 2018. Denmark announced retirement at the age of 29 after stopping in the third round of this year’s tournament.