Rafael Nadal fends off Taylor Fritz to win third Mexican Open title

Rafael Nadal captured his third Mexican Open title on Saturday as he beat Taylor Fritz 6-3 6-3 in Acapulco.

Nadal survived 10 aces from Fritz and broke the service three times to outperform the 22-year-old American.

“I couldn’t be happier. I played a great event from the beginning to the end,” Nadal told reporters.

“Acapulco was the first big title that I won in my career, so to be able to stay here after 15 years is amazing. I can’t thank enough the people who make me feel at home every single time.”

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The world No 2 Nadal clinched the title 15 years in 2005 before reclaiming his crown in 2013, this time storming through the draw without dropping a set and improving to 20-2 in the event overall.

Fritz had reached the final by rallying from a set behind and 2-4 deficit to John Isner but he could mount no such comeback against Nadal. He is the only American besides Sam Querrey in 2017 to reach the final in Acapulco.

Despite the defeat, it marked Fritz’s first ever final at an ATP 500 event.

“He’s one of the best players to ever play the game and he showed me why that is tonight,” Fritz said.

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