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Nadal Fends Off Valiant Effort From Kwon Despite Lopsided Scoreline

“Don’t judge a match by its scoreline,” those who watched Rafael Nadal v. Soon-Woo Kwon probably told themselves tonight. Despite dropping just four games in a 6-2, 6-1 whooping win against the South Korean, Nadal saved more break points (8/8) than he created for himself (4/6).

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Break point 101 — a class taught by Rafael Nadal.

The world No. 2 was simply ruthless on all eight break points he faced against a great version of Soon-Woo Kwon, whose ranking, world No. 76, will presumably move up significantly throughout this year.



Only six — four converted, two in each set — were enough for Nadal to wrap up a 6-2, 6-1, 1-hour-and-30-minute win…



…along with the promise of a blockbuster semifinal against Grigor Dimitrov, against whom he leads 12-1 lifetime but has nearly always lost at least a set to.



The 2005 and 2013 champion, back when the event was still held on clay, keeps his hopes of clinching his maiden Acapulco hardcourt title alive.

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