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ATP Mexico Open: Rafael Nadal Cruises Into Quarter-Finals At Acapulco

Updated: 27 February 2020 15:03 IST

Rafael Nadal hit 20 winners as he kept his hopes alive of regaining the top ranking with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Miomir Kecmanovic.

ATP Mexico Open: Rafael Nadal Cruises Into Quarter-Finals At Acapulco
Rafael Nadal stepped up his bid for a third ATP Mexico Open title. © AFP

World number two Rafael Nadal stepped up his bid for a third ATP Mexico Open title with an impressive display of serving and shotmaking to beat Serbian youngster Miomir Kecmanovic on Wednesday. The Spaniard hit 20 winners as he kept his hopes alive of regaining the top ranking with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over the 20-year-old Kecmanovic to reach the quarter-finals at the Acapulco hardcourt tournament. "He's a very dangerous player. Young, with a lot of power. I'm very pleased with the victory," Nadal said. 

"I played a very good first set and that's important for me. That gives me confidence."

Next up for Nadal is South Korea's Kwon Soon-woo, who reached his fourth quarter-final of the month with a 7-6 (7/2), 6-0 upset against eighth-seeded Dusan Lajovic. 

Kwon also reached the last eight in Pune, New York and Delray Beach.

Nadal improved to 17-2 overall at this event. He needs to take the Acapulco title and have Novak Djokovic lose his semi-final match at this week's Dubai Tennis Championships to regain top spot.

Nadal roared to a 5-0 lead in the first set thanks to some superb serving and clutch winners.

In the second set, Nadal broke the Serb for a 5-3 lead but Kecmanovic broke back in the next game and held serve to level the set at 5-5.

Nadal, who made 17 unforced errors, clinched the match on the first match point when Kecmanovic blasted a forehand return well wide.

The other quarter-finals feature third seeded Stan Wawrinka against Grigor Dimitrov, Taylor Fritz versus Kyle Edmund, and fifth seed John Isner against qualifier Tommy Paul.

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Highlights
  • Rafael Nadal roared to a 5-0 lead in the first set
  • In the second set, Rafael Nadal broke the Serb for a 5-3 lead
  • Next up for Rafael Nadal is South Korea's Kwon Soon-woo
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