Rafael Nadal gets potentially tough draw in Acapulco

The draw for the Mexican Open has been released and Rafael Nadal has to be at his very best if he wants to make a winning return to the ATP circuit after a one-month hiatus.

Our champ begins his campaign against 31-year-old German Mischa Zverev. The top seed has beaten his fellow left-hander in straight sets in two previous FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings, including the first round in Acapulco two years ago.

Rafa will face either Nick Kyrgios or Andreas Seppi in the second round, with former World No. 3 Stan Wawrinka and seventh seed Steve Johnson also in his quarter.

Photo: José Méndez

Rafa’s potential route to the final:

  • 1st round: Mischa Zverev
  • 2nd round: Nick Kyrgios
  • Quarter-final: Stan Wawrinka
  • Semi-final: John Isner
  • Final: Alexander Zverev

Projected quarterfinals:

  • Rafael Nadal vs Steve Johnson
  • John Isner vs John Millman
  • Frances Tiafoe vs Diego Schwartzman
  • Alex de Minaur vs Alexander Zverev

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The 500-level tournament is played on outdoor hard courts.

Our champ has won 28 of his 30 sets in Acapulco to earn a 14-1 record at the event.

Rafa’s last match was on January 27, against Novak Djokovic in the final of the Australian Open.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

Source: ATP Tour

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22 comments

    • I’m afraid if you don’t have amazon prime and a fire stick for your tv you won’t get to see any tennis except the French and Wimbledon and the amazon coverage is rubbish so are the commentators it’s all rubbish

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  1. Rafa will prevail in this tournament .We need him to get battlevtested for his revenge against Dvokovitch in the next 3 majors . That would be the pinnacle of a great career .

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  2. OLA OLA OLA OLA OLA OLA & VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) ; ) : ) ; ) : ) CONGRATULATIONS ON ALL YOUR SPATACULAR TENNIS AND ALL YOUR FEISTY, BEAUTIFUL SUCCESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) ; ) : ) POINT BY POINT PLAYING ON HARD COURT OR CLAY OR GRASS YOU ARE A TENNIS GENIUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) ; ) ; ) ; ) : ) : ) : ) : ) MAKES NO DIFFERENCE WHO YOU ARE PLAYING, IT WILL BE A GREAT TOUR FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) WE LOVE YOU AND LOVE YOUR EARNEST PREPARATION AND BRILLIANT PRACTICES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) ; ) : ) VAMOS SWEETHEART AND ENJOY EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) YOU ARE FIT AND SPEDDY AND GORGEOUS OUT THERE AND IT WILL BE A FUN AND GREAT TOUR FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) ; ) ; ) : ) : ) : ) WE LOVE YOU SWEETHEART AND SENDING LOTS OF LOVE & HAPPINESS AND VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) ENJOY A BEAUTIFUL SUNDAY AND A GREAT WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOX

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    • The person who gushes about “ sending lots of love ,happiness “ and repeated vamos’s ….puts me off….is excessive……and not the way I see Rafa Nadal. Cheers long time Rafa fan..Jean Palmer Winnipeg Canada.

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      • Can you tell me date and time of first match for Rafa?

        On Sun, Feb 24, 2019 at 4:27 PM Rafael Nadal Fans wrote:

        > Jean Palmer commented: “The person who gushes about “ sending lots of love > ,happiness “ and repeated vamos’s ….puts me off….is excessive……and > not the way I see Rafa Nadal. Cheers long time Rafa fan..Jean Palmer > Winnipeg Canada.” >

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  3. ATP 500 – you will get the best players vying for the title. After a month’s rest Rafa must be raring to go.

    Am sure Rafa will be practising big time to win it – beating the best of best !!
    Vamos Rafa

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    • Gee, never seen this before, Rafa has a tough draw?? Back to the nail biting, been enjoying the calm since Australia! But of course worth it to have Rafa back!!

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  4. Draws seldom play out as drawn.

    I can’t say I see this draw as “potentially difficult.” My only concern is if Rafa feels comfortable enough with the small changes he has made in his game to carry him through to the finish line. If he is, he should be fine.

    Stan, of course, could prove problematic. I’m hoping he won’t. He has the potential to tire Rafa out leaving him with depleted energy to take on Isner.

    Win or lose Rafa has his eyes on the big picture. I hope he is well rested, that his mind is clear, and he is ready to take on all who want to dislodge him from his perch.

    GOOD LUCK CHAMP BECAUSE YOU ROCK.

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