Rafael Nadal returned to the Acapulco final for a fourth time after blitzing former Top 5 Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 6-2 Friday night in Mexico.
The 33-year-old Nadal is 13-1 against the Bulgarian in his career.
“I’m very happy. A great victory against one of the best players in the world and a good friend,” Nadal said. “I think I’ve increased my level during the match, so it’s positive for me.”
Nadal will seek his third Acapulco title tonight against Taylor Fritz. Fritz won an all-American shootout with John Isner 2-6, 7-5, 6-3.
Isner was well on his way to the final leading 6-2, 4-2 with Fritz serving 0-40. The 22-year-old Fritz fought back winning 11 of the last 15 games to pace an incredible comeback.
“It’s huge for me. One of my biggest goals this year was to do well in the bigger tournaments,” Fritz said after reaching his first ATP 500 final. “I hope that I can keep the momentum going for the rest of the year.”
In Fritz’s biggest final to date, he’ll bid for his biggest (and just second) title against Nadal. The two have never played.
“He’s playing well. He has a great serve, fantastic shots from the baseline. It’s going to be a tough one,” Nadal said. “I know I’m going to have to be at my best and I hope to be ready for it.”
In the women’s final, Heather Watson will meet young Canadian qualifier Leylah Fernandez. The 17-year-old Fernandez hasn’t dropped a set in six wins thus far to reach her first WTA final. She won the French Open junior girls title last year.
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