Nadal Becomes Oldest-Ever Acapulco Champion… 15 Years After Becoming Youngest-Ever Champion

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Logic prevailed: No. 1 seed Rafael Nadal defeated unseeded Taylor Fritz 6-3, 6-2 to claim his third Acapulco title after 2005 and 2013 — his first since the tournament switched to hard courts in 2014. Fifteen years after becoming the tournament’s youngest-ever champion at age 18, Nadal becomes its oldest-ever champion at age 33.

Was it ever in doubt? Facing just one break point all match, Rafael Nadal comprehensively defeated Taylor Fritz 6-3, 6-2 to reclaim the Acapulco crown, seven years after the last time he held it (2013). Just like a certain Novak Djokovic in Dubai earlier this Saturday…

Nadal secured the crucial break at 4-3 in the first set, taking advantage of some sloppy play from Fritz. He then served out the set on a love game, 6-3.

 

 

Never in danger on his serve…

 

 

…Nadal broke Fritz for 3-2 in the second set on a forehand wide error from the American — not without making moves of his own.

 

 

In the next game, the Spaniard faced his lone break point of the match, but fended it off with a classic 1-2 serve-forehand punch.

The remainder of the match was as straightforward as it gets, the American having let go his last chance to turn this into a contest.

Nadal secured the insurance break for 5-2 and comfortably served out the match 6-3, 6-2.

 

 

For the first time since the tournament switched its surface from clay to hard in 2014, Nadal is a champion in Acapulco. He joins good friend and compatriot David Ferrer as the only players to clinch the title on both surfaces.

Fifteen years after becoming the tournament’s youngest-ever champion at age 18, Nadal becomes its oldest-ever champion at age 33.

 

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