(AP) — Rafael Nadal routed Italian Paolo Lorenzi 6-1, 6-1 on Wednesday night in Acapulco to advance to the Mexican Open quarterfinals.
Rafa won the tournament in 2005 and 2013 and has a 12-match winning streak in the event.
After the match, Rafa said:
Unfortunately, I will lose eventually. But the harmony with the crowd and the court is amazing. With all of the support from the people, it gets easier.
I played a complete match today and I’m feeling great after a month without playing.
Rafa will face Yoshihito Nishioka, a 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 winner over Australia’s Jordan Thompson. The Japanese had battled past seventh seed Jack Sock in three sets in the first round.