Rafael Nadal picked up his first title of the new decade sweeping past Taylor Fritz 6-3, 6-2 in a 75-minute Acapulco final Saturday night.
It was Nadal’s third title in the Mexican city where he first won 15 years ago in 2005.
”I couldn’t be happier. I played a great event from the beginning to the end,” Nadal said. “Acapulco was the first big title that I won in my career, so to be able to stay here after 15 years is amazing. I can’t thank enough the people who make me feel at home every single time.”
Nadal improved to 20-2 at the event following his 85th ATP trophy. The 33-year-old also kept pace with rival Novak Djokovic who took a 500 title in Dubai.
”After not competing since Australia, it’s an important week for me and an important moment,” Nadal said. “I played solid, with the right intensity and the right passion, and my forehand worked well.
“This title doesn’t mean that I will have a great season. It means another good start of the season for me. It gives me confidence, allows me to be in a privileged position in the ATP Race. At the end of the day, I’m still competing for these feelings that I am having right now. Regardless of the result, I am always happy after playing here. Now imagine how I am after getting the title.”
In a first-time meeting with Rafa, Fritz was trying to win his second career title.
”He’s one of the best players to ever play the game and he showed me why that is tonight,” the 22-year-old Fritz said.
“You always wish you could win, but I still have to take positives out of this week. It was an honor to step on the court with Rafa. I’ve played Roger and Novak, the other two people I watched when I was a kid. To play with Rafa, who I’ve watched since I was a kid, it’s pretty crazy when you step back to think about it.”
Nadal will now get two weeks off before returning at Indian Wells.
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