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Raphael Nadal beats Norrie to win Mexican Open title

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Rafael Nadal maintained his unbeaten start to 2022 by beating British number one Cameron Norrie 6-4 6-4 to win the Mexican Open.

At the end of last year, Nadal, 35, thought he might have to retire because of a foot injury, but has won all three tournaments he has played in this year.

The Spaniard won a 21st major title at the Australian Open after victory in a Melbourne warm-up event.

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“At the start of the year this was unimaginable,” said the Spaniard.

“A month-and-a-half ago nobody would have believed it.”

Victory over Norrie extended Nadal’s career-best winning start to the season to a 15th victory.

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The fourth seed, who beat incoming world number one Daniil Medvedev in the last four, lifted the title in Acapulco without dropping a set.

It is the 91st title of Nadal’s career and a fourth in the Mexican city, having won his first as an 18-year-old in 2005.

Nadal, who also triumphed in 2013 and 2020, is now the tournament’s youngest and oldest champion.

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