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Rafa Nadal continues unstoppable and is already in the round of 16 in Acapulco

Rafa Nadal continues to count his matches for wins this season. The Spaniard made his debut at the Mexican Open in Acapulco against Denis Kudla , whom he defeated in two sets (6-3 and 6-2) to advance to the round of 16 of the tournament. There are already eleven consecutive victories for Nadal at this start of 2022, equaling his best streak at the start of a season that he starred in 2014. His next rival will be the American Sebastian Kozlov.

Rafa Nadal debuted against Denis Kudla at the Mexican Open. The Spaniard had been paired in the draw with the slugger Reilly Opelka , but this caused low, so the American tennis player born in Ukraine entered the draw as a ‘lucky loser’. Nadal quickly got the first set back on track with a break in the fourth game, although he had to ask for medical assistance to cope with the strong humidity present during the match. The Balearic asked that his wrists be bandaged to prevent the sweat from reaching his hands.

In the second set, Kudla took advantage of his serve to take the initiative, but Nadal soon found the option to get ahead. With a double break in the American’s next two service turns and without giving up a single break point throughout the match, the Balearic sealed the ticket to the round of 16 of the Mexican Open in just over an hour and a quarter of a match .

In the round of 16, Nadal will face another ‘lucky loser’, Stefan Kozlov. The 24-year-old American left an anecdote on Monday as he was training with Nadal when he received the news that he was entering the final draw in Acapulco as a lucky loser. Kozlov faced Grigor Dimitrov in the first round and gave the surprise by beating the Bulgarian tennis player in a long battle of 3 hours and 18 minutes resolved with a final result of 7-6, 5-7 and 6-3. It will be the first official confrontation between the two.

“There is no pressure”

Rafa Nadal already has three titles in Mexico and is pursuing a fourth, which if it comes, would equal the record held by Thomas Muster and David Ferrer as the tennis players who have won the most times in the Mexican tournament. At 35 years old, Nadal assures that he has no pressure for numbers and that at this point in his career he goes day by day. “I have never considered myself a favourite; In my career I always respected each rival; he will play tomorrow against Kozlov and my goal is that, from then on, I will go day by day”, said the top Grand Slam winner at a press conference.

On the other hand, Pablo Andújar also advanced to the round by beating the local A. Hernández with a convincing 6-0 and 6-1, while Feliciano López said goodbye to the tournament by falling to Nishioka 2-6, 6-0 and 6- Four. Pablo Carreño is also still alive in the men’s draw, who will face Marcos Giron in the round of 16.

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