Rafael Nadal begins his attempt for a third title in Acapulco with an opener against Pablo Andujar. The last time the two men met was in 2014 and Nadal needed a final set tie-break to beat Andujar.
In 2019, Nadal was beaten by Nick Kyrgios in a gripping three-set match which ended with the 19-time Grand Slam champion claiming the Australian “lacks respect for the crowd, his opponent and towards himself”.
This year, defending champion Kyrgios is on the opposite side of the draw and they can’t meet until the final.
Should Nadal come through Andujar as expected he will face a member of the ATP’s NextGen in either Alex de Minaur or Miomir Kecmanovic.
In the quarter-finals, Nadal could then meet the improving Dusan Lajovic, who helped Serbia to victory at the ATP Cup in January.
If Nadal gets through to the semi-finals, it could be his toughest test of the tournament with Stan Wawrinka potentially waiting.
Nadal and Wawrinka have met 22 times and the world No 2 holds a healthy 19-3 lead.
And should Nadal reach the final at the weekend, he is projected to meet second seed Alexander Zverev.
Zverev won their last meeting at the ATP Finals in November and he made a maiden Grand Slam semi-final at the Australian Open last month.
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RAFAEL NADAL – PROJECTED ACAPULCO OPEN DRAW
First Round: Pablo Andujar
Second Round: Alex de Minaur or Miomir Kecmanovic
Quarter-Final: Dusan Lajovic
Semi-Final: Stan Wawrinka
Final: Alexander Zverev
How to watch the Acapulco Open
Coverage of the Acapulco Open will be shown live and exclusively on Amazon Prime.
This year the broadcaster will provide coverage of over 80 tournaments from the ATP and WTA Tours, as well as the US Open, giving customers access to the men’s and women’s tennis all in one place for the first time, and establishing Prime Video as the home for tennis fans in the UK and Ireland, at no additional cost to their Prime membership.
Prime Video will broadcast live, on-site coverage across many ATP and WTA tournaments in 2020, including combined coverage at the upcoming BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells (11-22 March), Miami Open presented by Itau (24 March-5 April), Mutua Madrid Open (2-10 May), and Western & Southern Open at Cincinnati (16-23 August), so customers will have the ease of watching both the men’s and women’s tours which take place at the same time and same location, all in one place on Prime Video.
Prime members can enjoy live studio coverage across customer-favourite tournaments like the Fever Tree Championships from The Queens Club (15-21 June), the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals from the O2 London (10-14 November) and Shiseido WTA Finals in Shenzhen, China (1-8 November).
In addition, customers in the UK who subscribe to Eurosport Player through Prime Video Channels can watch Roland-Garros and the Australian Open, as well as daily highlights and live coverage from the men’s and women’s finals of Wimbledon for an additional £6.99 per month (following a 7-day free trial).
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