Nadal beats Paul to set up new match with Medvedev in Acapulco

New world number one Daniil Medvedev said Friday’s Mexican Open semi-final against Rafael Nadal was his “chance for revenge” after the epic loss at the Australian Open last month.

Medvedev reached the last four in Acapulco on Thursday with a routine 6-2 6-3 victory over Yoshihito Nishioka, while Nadal triumphed 6-0 7-6 (7-5) over Tommy Paul to set up their semi-final.

The Russian’s win came on a fine day after Novak Djokovic’s loss to Jiri Vesely at the Dubai Tennis Championships meant he would become the new world number one next week for the first time in his career.

Before that, however, Medvedev is set to face Nadal in Acapulco, with the duo not meeting since last month’s epic Australian Open decider, where the Spaniards fought back after two sets to claim a 21st major title. record.

“It’s always special to play against him,” Medvedev said after his win over Nishioka. “Kind of a chance to get my revenge.

“I have to learn from the best, that is to say from him, Roger [Federer]Novak [Djokovic]Andy [Murray]. Always when they lost a tough fight, they tried to get revenge. Sometimes they succeeded, sometimes not. That’s what I’ll try to do if I play against Rafa.”

Medvedev revealed he didn’t realize losing Djokovic would mean he would become number one until he started receiving congratulatory messages on Thursday.

“It’s not easy to play a game when you get this news during the day,” Medvedev said.

“The first goal for me was to win again today because I’m here to try and win every game I play. But that’s definitely great news.”

Nadal was full of praise for the new world number one, admitting his enthusiasm in their second leg.

The Spaniard prevailed in five hours and 28 minutes over Medvedev in Melbourne, winning 2-6 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-4 7-5 and was ready for the second leg.

“Everyone knows how difficult it is to play against Daniil,” Nadal said after Thursday’s win over Paul.

“I know I have to play at my highest level if I want to have a chance, and that’s what I’m going to try. I have to play my game.

“Everyone knows how tough the final was in Australia. Tomorrow will be another battle.

“I know he’s playing well, he’s got a lot of confidence…I’m delighted to be playing this game.”


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