Djokovic ‘cleared out of the way’ for Nadal says host
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Rafael Nadal scored his second win over Daniil Medvedev in under a month at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel. It was a much more straightforward affair compared to their Australian Open final as the Spaniard came through 6-3 6-3 and issued an injury update as he fired a warning to Novak Djokovic and his other rivals over his current form, which has seen him start his season with a 14-0 win-loss record.
Less than a month after Nadal and Medvedev met in an epic five-set thriller of an Australian Open final, their paths crossed again.
The world No 5 had the edge after mounting an incredible comeback from two sets down in Melbourne to become the first man in history to win a record 21st Grand Slam title.
This time he only needed two hours to overcome the soon-to-be world No 1 6-3 6-3 in the Mexico Open semi-final, and after the match he admitted he was happy to produce such a dominant display.
A single break in the fourth game of the opener proved crucial as the Spaniard raced to take the first set in 48 minutes.
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After carrying his momentum into the second set by breaking in the first game, Nadal started to face some pushback from a resurgent Medvedev and was forced to save three break points at 2-1, then saving another seven in an epic game at 3-2.
The recent Aussie Open champion managed to hold on and broke in the final came to close out a 6-3 6-3 victory over the man who will become the new world No 1 when the rankings update on Monday.
After extending his 2022 winning streak to 14 wins in a row and 0 losses, Nadal admitted that the victory was a sign of his current level as he fired a warning to his rivals to confirm he was only getting better after winning the Australian Open.
“I played against the No 1 of the world on his favorite surface,” the 35-year-old said, referencing Medvedev’s new ranking which came as a result of Djokovic’s shock Dubai quarter-final loss.
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