Rafael Nadal gets the ATP 500 Acapulco semifinal after having defeated the new world no.1 Daniil Medvedv, but just before the final, the Spaniard gets new records. After beating Stefan Kozlov and Tommy Paul in the Acapulco tournament, Rafael Nadal not only matched his best start to the season since playing tennis, but scored his 117th win in an ATP 500 tournament starting in 2009 by overtaking his compatriot.
and opponent of many battles David Ferrer who was stopped at 116. On the lowest step of the podium then there is Roger Federer at 111 followed by Kei Nishikori at 101. If instead we add up the history of victories in ATP 500 tournaments, the Spaniard is in fifth place with 167 successes in the Open era.
Leading this group is Jimmy Connors at 241, just behind Ivan Lendl 237 and John McEnroe 210 closes the podium. Among the players still active only Federer has done better than the Manacor bull with 178 wins. The now former world number one Novak Djokovic is far behind at 110 also because he has played fewer tournaments than the others.
Nadal broke another personal best
Rafael Nadal, thanks to the success against the American Tommy Paul, also broke another personal record that enriches a simply incredible career even more: 12 victories in a row at the beginning of the year, better than he did in 2014 when he was only interrupted by Stan Wawrinka in the Australian Open final.
The Spanish champion, winner of 21 Grand Slam titles, will try to lift the Acapulco trophy for the fourth time, which would mean 91st career title and would mean moving just three points behind the Czech tennis player Lendl.
In the semifinals he will have to contend with the new world number one Daniil Medvedev who will be eager for redemption after the defeat at the Australian Open. In one of the Mexican press conferences he instead declared that he did not want to aim for the first position in the world ranking: "That time is over for me, unfortunately.
My physical problems prevented me from finishing another year as number one, I say this with the humility of someone who never knows what might happen, but that's how I felt for a few years when my physique didn't allow it."