Rafael Nadal beats his previous best start of his career in Acapulco

A 12th consecutive win for the Spaniard in his new season after a straight-sets victory at the Mexican Open.

The Mexican Open witnessed the Spanish mark his career-best start against Stefan Kozlov, reaching the quarter-finals. He will play against the 39th ranked American Tommy Paul in the semi-finals if he continues his winning streak.

Nadal’s previous best start season was in 2014 at the Australian Open final nearly seven years ago, where he won 11 matches unbeaten before losing to Stan Wawrinka. The 35-year-old won his men’s 21st Grand Slam title at the 2021 Australian Open, where he broke the 20 slam crown record he had shared with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Nadal is aiming for his 91st career ATP win and fourth Acapulco crown and is already in his best form and start as he ever could be.

“A little bit of strange match, Kozlov has a different style than most other players, so you need to be very careful. Sometimes you can win points in a row, but then if you start to play at his rhythm, it is very difficult because he has great control from the baseline and he is very smart”, said Nadal following his breezy win to a 6-0 6-3 against the American.

The 35-year-old broke for a 2-0 lead when Kozlov netted a backhand and broke again on forehand smashes in the fourth and sixth game to finish the opening set in 32 mins. Nadal called the game after holding a service once more to advance in 76 minutes.

Elsewhere, World no.2, Daniil Medvedev also sacked his win by defeating Pablo Andujar 6-1 6-2 in just 64 minutes, where he will play against Yoshito Nishioka after his victory against Feliciano Lopez in his bid for World No.1.

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