Rafael Nadal opened a second straight match with a bagel set, but was made to work for an Acapulco quarter-final victory over Tommy Paul.
The 6-0, 7-6(5) win sets up a rematch with Daniil Medvedev after the Spaniard’s five-set Australian Open comeback earned him a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title.
Rafa will be full of confidence after notching his 13th consecutive win on Thursday against Paul. He had never started a season with more than 11 wins on the trot before.
“Everybody knows how difficult it is to play against Daniil,” Rafa said after the match. “I know I have to play at my highest level if I want to have any chance, and that’s what I’m going to try. I have to play my game. Everybody knows how difficult the final was in Australia. Tomorrow is going to be another battle. I know he’s playing well, plenty of confidence… I am excited to play that match.”
Sources: Reuters, Eurosport