Medvedev and Nadal presented themselves with authority at the Mexican Open

Without using themselves fully and without yet showing off their best tennis, the Russian tennis players Daniil Medvedev (2/ATP) and the Spanish Rafael Nadal (5/ATP) presented themselves with authority at the 2022 Mexican Open, which is played in Acapulco, by winning their first round matches.

Both Medvedev and Nadal reappeared on Tuesday after meeting in the Australian Open final in which the Spaniard claimed his 21st Grand Slam title.

Heading to the top

With the possibility of becoming the number 1 tennis player in the world if he is crowned in Acapulco, Medvedev made his presentation against Frenchman Benoit Paire (49/ATP) whom he won in two sets with partials of 6-3 and 6-4 in one hour with 41 minutes and 57 seconds.

In the match, Paire had some flashes, but Medvedev countered them with mobility and more forceful shots.

"It’s not easy to come back after some break"said the Russian after more than three weeks without playing. "I had a very difficult rival, but I came to dispute every point and I’m happy with the victory".

In the second round, this Wednesday, Medvedev will face the Spaniard Pablo Andújar (68/ATP) who had a quiet start against the Mexican Alejandro Hernández whom he easily eliminated in two sets with partials of 6-0 and 6-1.

Nadal enjoyed the debut

For his part, Rafael Nadal struggled more with the heat and humidity than with his rival in turn, the American Denis Kudla (100/ATP), whom he won in two sets with partials of 6-3 and 6-2 in one hour. with 16 minutes and 34 seconds.

‘La Fiera de Manacor’ performed on the court without complications or physical discomfort and his service improved throughout the match.

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"In general terms I have played well, I think I have done many good things. I have had a good time playing tennis, which is the most important thing, and on top of that I have won a victory in a new stadium"Nadal commented after the match.

In the second round, Nadal will face the one who was his sparring partner on Monday, the American Stefan Kozlov (130/ATP) who was called in an emergency to face the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov whom he eliminated in a long match.

Tsitsipas advanced with difficulty

At the close of the day, the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (4/ATP) was able to overcome the dominance that the Serbian Laslo Djere (51/ATP) established during the first set that lasted until the ‘tie break’.

Tsitsipas played more aggressively in the second set, but it was also necessary to go all the way to sudden death.

"The first match is never easy, but I was able to figure it out"said the Greek who took the victory with cards of 7-6 (9/7) and 7-6 (7/4) in two hours with 13 minutes and 55 seconds.

In the second round, Tsitsipas will face American Jeffrey Wolf (209/ATP).

On Tuesday, the Mexican Open lost one of its five top ten players as Italian Matteo Berrettini (6/ATP) retired in the second set of the match against American Tommy Paul, whom he had beaten in the first set.

The Mexican Open is an ATP 500 category tournament that distributes a purse of 1.2 million dollars in prizes.

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