PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal beats Mischa Zverev in Acapulco opening round

Rafael Nadal showed no signs of rust in his first action in a month as the top seed easily dispatched Mischa Zverev 6-3, 6-3 at the Acapulco International on Tuesday.

Rafa, competing for the first time since falling to Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final, has reached the final in all three previous appearances in Acapulco and now has a record of 15-1 in the event.

“I’m happy for the victory. It’s never easy against Mischa, especially without competing for awhile,” said Rafa. “I’ll try to enjoy this moment for the next few hours and then be ready for tomorrow.”

The world No. 2 faces Nick Kyrgios in the round of 16 after the Australian defeated Andreas Seppi of Italy 6-3, 7-5.

“This tournament is hard and there’s a lot of great players, so these kinds of matches can happen in the early stages,” said Rafa. “Nick is one of the most talented players on tour. It’s a big challenge for me and I hope to be ready for it.”

Sources: Reuters, ATP Tour


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  3. Good luck rafa go teach nick how to be a champ instead of a chump you can beat him being the great sportsman you are ,the greatest in my eyes

  4. Nicely done in your opening match Rafa. Nick Kyrgios will be a much bigger challenge. Nick has stated on several occasions that he is more motivated to play the very top players, so Rafa has to be sharp from the start. Go out and win it champ!

    • Kyrgios is an idiot. What’s his aim? To be remembered as biggest underachiever of all time (BUAT)? It’s a 2nd round match. If Kyrgios wins he’ll still be ranked close to the bottom 100, he’ll lose to Stan in the next round and Rafa will still be one of the greatest ever, a living legend and currently world #2. With luck Kyrgios will be a footnote, maybe feature as an oddball in a Tennis Channel short used as a filler when they don’t have a real match to show.

  5. Good lob don Rafa vamossssssssssss all the way champ 🎾🎾🎾💪💪💪😘😘😘😘😘💪🎾❤️🙏

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