Third semi-final in Acapulco in Rafa’s third attempt
Rafa Nadal bounced back from a break down in both sets to defeat Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka 7-6 (7/2), 6-3 and book a spot in the semi-finals of the ATP Mexico Open.
Rafa hammered five aces and won 81 percent of his first-serve points in the battle between the two lefthanders.
Rafa also kept his Acapulco unbeaten streak alive, having won 13 straight matches, and moved to 26-0 in sets in the ATP Tour event.
“Every game here is special,” Nadal said. “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.”
Rafa advanced to the semi-final meeting with Marin Cilic. Nadal has won three of four career meetings with the Croatian.
“He’s one of the toughest rivals in the world, he has a great serve and is very aggressive,” Nadal said. “I will have to play so much better than today if I want to have a shot. It’s a big match. I hope to be prepared for it.”