Rafael Nadal beats World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev
Rafael Nadal beat new world number one Daniil Medvedev 6-3 6-3 in a rematch of their
Australian Open clash to storm into the final of the ATP 500 event in Acapulco on Friday.
Nadal had to fight back from two sets down in their previous meeting in Melbourne in January
to clinch a men`s record 21st Grand Slam title, but in Mexico, it was the Spaniard who got off to a fast start.
Medvedev was forced to defend a couple of breakpoints in his very first service game,
before Nadal broke minutes later to take a 3-1 lead, which he held onto to claim the first set 6-3.
Nadal appeared to have carried his momentum into the second set, breaking serve early to go 1-0 up,
but Medvedev grew into the contest as the set progressed and began causing the Spaniard all kinds of problems with his backhand dropshot.