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Nadal progresses in Acapulco to set up Kyrgios tie

27th February 2019, 16:13 by Craig Smithson

Rafael Nadal defeated Mischa Zverev in Acapulco to set up a Mexico Open second-round "challenge" against Nick Kyrgios.

The 32-year-old 17-time Grand Slam winner was featuring in his first match since losing the Australian Open final against Novak Djokovic in Melbourne last month.

However, Nadal showed no signs of a hangover as he saw off his German opponent 6-3 6-2 to progress to the second round of the tournament which he has reached the final of in his past three appearances.

Kyrgios, who defeated Andreas Seppi 6-3 7-5 in his opening game, awaits for Nadal and the Spaniard is expecting a tough task.

He said: "I'm happy for the victory. It's never easy against Mischa, especially without competing for a while.

"This tournament is hard and there's a lot of great players, so these kinds of matches can happen in the early stages.

"Nick is one of the most talented players on tour. It's a big challenge for me and I hope to be ready for it."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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