Rafael Nadal kept rolling in Acapulco Friday by crushing Marin Cilic 6-1, 6-2 to improve to 14-0 at the event and reach the final.
“I have to be playing well to win like this against a player like Marin, so I’m pleased with the performance,” said Nadal. “I’m happy with my focus in important moments, saving break points with good shots. I enjoyed the atmosphere here, so it’s great for me to be in the final.”
Nadal hasn’t dropped a set ever at the event (28-0) and will be the heavy favorite against the surprising Sam Querrey who ousted Nick Kyrgios 3-6, 6-1, 7-5.
Kyrgios, who stunned Novak Djokovic a day earlier, was treated for an arm issue after dropping a quick second set. But improved in the third however was easily broken at 5-6 when serving to force a breaker.
Nadal has won all four meetings with Querrey.
“Sam is playing great,” said Nadal. “He’ll be coming into the match with a lot of confidence.”
“When I play my best, I’m capable of beating a lot of these top guys and I’ve been able to put it all together these past three matches,” said Querrey. “It just gets tougher from here because Rafa has been playing great all year, so I’m going to talk with my coach and leave it all out on the court.”
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