Rafael Nadal resumed his perfect start to 2022, defeating Cameron Norrie 6-4, 6-4 to raise the Acapulco ATP title in his first tournament since winning the Australian Open. Nadal required one hour and 54 minutes to defeat Britain’s 12th-ranked Norrie for the fourth time in as many career meetings.
“Cameron is a very solid player, he’s a tricky player, makes you feel that you cannot play comfortably against him at all,” Nadal said. “I had been going through some difficult moments in the match.”
But the world number five wasn’t too unsettled to declare a 91st career victory, and his fourth in Acapulco after wins in 2005, 2013, and 2020.
In 2020, Nadal won this week without falling a set. Nadal is undefeated since losing to Lloyd Harris in the third round at Washington last August 5. He ended his 2021 season after that because of a left foot injury.
He returned to win the Melbourne Summer Set Australian Open tune-up, then won the Australian Open for a second time to split out of a tie with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic for most men’s Grand Slam singles titles ever won.
Nadal earned the only break of the opening set in the fifth game, seizing on a couple of Norrie miscues that gave him a breakpoint and firing a forehand passing winner up the line to correct.
After they exchanged gaps in the first two games of the second set, Norrie held for a 2-1 lead only for Nadal to shout back with four straight games.
Broken on his first try to fill out the match, Nadal made no mistake on his second opportunity.