Rafael Nadal beats Marin Cilic to reach Acapulco final [PHOTOS]

Rafael Nadal reached his second final of the year by beating Marin Cilic 6-1, 6-2 at the Mexican Open. He saved all seven break points he has faced during the match and improved his career record over Croat to 4-1 thanks to Friday’s victory which was sealed in one hour and 25 minutes. A two-time champion at the tournament, Rafa now holds a 14-0 win-loss record in Acapulco.

After the match, Rafa said:

You need to have a great day to get a result like this against Cilic. Anytime you play against someone like Cilic you expect to suffer in a tight match, but it was not like that. I believe that he had his chances, but I played a good game. (via AP)

This will be Rafa’s 103rd career singles final. He has won 69 titles. Rafa won his last trophy 11 months ago on clay in Barcelona.

Our champ plays Australian Nick Kyrgios or American Sam Querrey in the final on Saturday.



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.


Rafael Nadal breezes past Paolo Lorenzi, reaches Mexican Open quarterfinals

(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.


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Rafael Nadal cheers on Real Madrid in Champions League

Rafael Nadal was spotted this evening in Madrid where he watched his beloved football team, Real Madrid, in the UEFA Champions League against Napoli. Our champ, accompanied by his father Sebastian and sister Maria Isabel, enjoyed a quite phenomenal atmosphere at the home of the club he supports. He had plenty of reasons to smile as Real Madrid won 3-1.

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal loses in five sets to Roger Federer in Australian Open final

Rafael Nadal was defeated by Roger Federer 4-6, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3, 3-6 to be the runner up at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

As always Rafa was humble and gracious in defeat, with sincere words for his opponent, and thankful towards his supporters:

Good evening everybody. Congrats to Roger and his team. It’s amazing how well he’s playing after being away for so long. For sure, you have been working a lot to make that happen. I am very happy for you.

It was a good month for me, no?

Today was a great match, Roger deserved it a bit more. I am going to keep fighting throughout the whole season… to have a great season and come back here for so many years. (via Australian Open)


PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal beats Milos Raonic to set up Australian Open semi-final with Grigor Dimitrov

Rafael Nadal sailed into the Australian Open semi-finals with a straight-set defeat of the big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic in two hours and 44 minutes.

Rafa reached the last four in Melbourne for a 5th time with a 6-4, 7-6(7), 6-4 win.

2009 champ, seeded 9th as he seeks an 15th Grand Slam title, faces Grigor Dimitrov in the last four.

After the match, Rafa said:

I am not a very arrogant person so I always have doubts. It’s normal, even when I was winning a lot I had doubts so you can imagine when I wasn’t…

I had a great career, but a lot of tough moments. That makes me enjoy this even more.