Rafael Nadal to meet Marin Cilic in semis after defeating Yoshihito Nishioka in Acapulco [PHOTOS]

Two-time champion Rafael Nadal overcame a slow start against Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan before winning 7-6(2), 6-3 and advancing to his second semifinal of the season at the Mexican Open on Thursday.

Rafa star overcame a 4-2 deficit in the first set and got out of a 0-2 hole in the second.

After the match, Rafa said:

Every game here is special. I did not play my best tennis but that’s why it has a merit. I played great the previous rounds and today I was able to get over a tough situation. I’m happy to be in the semifinals, that’s great news. (via AP)

He will face third seed Marin Cilic in the final four of the hard-court event in Acapulco.

Rafa improves to 11-2 on the season.




  1. Contrats Rafa you are the best , you are my number one , i have no doubt you will make it to the final . i wish u the best the champion of champions.

    Forever yours.


  2. Congratulations Rafa sweetheart and all the best of luck in the semis ❤️🍀 You can do it champ 🤗😘
    VAMOOOS!! 🎾💪🏼


  3. I wonder if Rafa has ever tried to serve with his right arm. As a natural right hander, it might give him more power.


  4. Congrats Rafa. I pray you are back in your AO form for the Semi, n go on to win the Finals! Vamos Rafael my boy. God Bless you. Your Aussie Abuela Nan Shirley. ⏳👑🎈🎈😀😊😇


  5. I think he had a bad day! He didn’t play bad, but made too many enforced errors! He has to improve his serve! Overall Rafa played well and had some great shots! His level dropped a little bit, comparing to his level in Australia! Vamos Rafa, you can beat them all!!


  6. OLA & VAMOS DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) Good evening sweetheart!!!! : ) Very happy for you with your win tonight!!!! : ) You found a way re setting your groove and regain your FUN FEELING !!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) YOU know exactly that all is well !!!!! : ) : ) : ) VAMOS SWEETHEART FOR HANGING IN AND TRUSTING YOUR SOLID SERVE, TIE BREAK, AND AMAZING RETURNS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) YOU KNEW all along that you could do it!!!!! : ) VAMOS & ENJOY EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) ESPECIALLY THE FACT THAT YOU HELD YOUR BEAUTIFUL TENNIS ALL ALONG…..iffy rough phases come and go and your passion and blessed energy and TENNIS ARE ALL SOLID AS A ROCK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) …..YOU CAN TAKE THIS 2 SETS VICTORY AS A BLESSING SHOWING YOU YOUR STRENGTH AND HOW YOU CAN PREVAIL IN ALL CONDITIONS. VAMOS SWEETHEART & FEEL MIGHTY PROUD OF YOUR GOD GIVEN TALENT & FITNESS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!: ) ENJOY EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) Have a beautiful evening and a fantastic day tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) Enjoy lots & lots of fun playing!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) It will be a GREAT MATCH FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) YOU are so incredibly fit and you have all it takes to make this a competitive great exchange!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) Have a nice night and CELEBRATE !!!!!!!!!!! : ) Enjoy a long massage and know we are all here enjoying your efforts and beautiful TENNIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) Lots of love sweetheart, and PLEASE…..to balance the body , make sure you sleep extra hour tonight….that’s all….very important to recharge and fuel with joy and relaxation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) ; ) : ) ; ) HAVE FUN tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) Good night & sweet dreams!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) ; ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : )


  7. The two good things are that Rafa won and he was not wearing a bandage. Rafa had too many UFEs, DFs and looked out of sorts. He may just have had a bad day or so I hope.


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