Dominant Nadal Survives Late Kecmanovic Surge To Reach Acapulco Quarterfinals

The Rafael Nadal freight train keeps on rolling full steam ahead on the Mexican coastline. The world No. 2 took care of business against Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic in an hour and 35 minutes (6-2, 7-5) to make the quarterfinals in Acapulco.

This time around, unlike last year against Nick Kyrgios, Rafael Nadal’s Acapulco campaign will not brutally end in the Round of 16.

The No. 1 seed delivered a convincing performance to brush world No. 50 Miomir Kecmanovic aside, 6-2, 7-5.

The 20-year-old Serbian — who already has two semifinals to his name in 2020 (Doha, New York) — had his moments, but Nadal ultimately proved superior.

Kecmanovic felt discouraged right from the get-go, surely, when seeing this crushing Nadal forehand down the line go past him moments before he fell down a double break in the first set…

 

 

…and another one later, perhaps even more dispiriting.

 

 

But despite falling a set and a break down, 6-2, 5-3, the Serbian displayed the qualities that make him the world’s third-highest ranked under-21 player (behind Canadians Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime).

Going bold, mixing up bombastic forehands with delicate net finishes, Kecmanovic reeled off 9 of the next 10 points to get back on serve, 5-5.

 

 

Nadal wasn’t in the mood for extra work hours, though, and he concluded the match with another break on a last Kecmanovic forehand unforced error, 6-2, 7-5.

 

 

While he never truly looked his best self in Melbourne a month ago, Nadal appears imperial again this week in Acapulco.

 

 

In the quarterfinals, the two-time Acapulco champion (2005, 2013, both times when it was still clay) will face South Korea’s Soon-Woo Kwon, with a potential blockbuster semifinal looming against Stan Wawrinka or Grigor Dimitrov.

 

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