Cameron Norrie in the R16 at the 2021 ATP Acapulco, Mexico
Cameron Norrie in the R16 at the 2021 ATP Acapulco, Mexico | (Photo by ALFREDO ESTRELLA / AFP) (Photo by ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP via Getty Images)

Tennis | ATP Acapulco 2022 | Norrie earns landmark win over Tsitsipas to reach final showdown against Nadal

  • Cameron Norrie [6] def Stefanos Tsitsipas [3] 6-4 6-4
  • Norrie v Rafael Nadal [4] | H2H: Nadal leads 3-0
ACAPULCO, MEXICO – Cameron Norrie earned the biggest win of his career by ranking as he defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach the final in Acapulco where he will face Australian Open champion Rafael Nadal.


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Cameron Norrie [6] def Stefanos Tsitsipas [3] 6-4 6-4  

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Cameron Norrie reached his second consecutive ATP tour final after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets, earning his best win of his career by ranking. Norrie started the match well and found his range on his forehand hitting winners and dictating play on serve. Tsitsipas produced a stern response finding space on the court to hit winners on the backhand side and producing effective serving.

However the third seed looked a little off his game which allowed Norrie to slowly get into the return games and in the ninth game a forehand down the line winner sealed the crucial break for a 5-4 lead. Tsitsipas offered very little resistance on return throughout the set and a hold to love was sealed with an ace from the sixth seed as he took the opening set in 36 minutes.

Norrie continued to dictate play with his forehand in the second set as Tsitsipas uncharacteristically was off his game tactically and emotionally. The Greek earned some momentum in the sixth game as he created his only break point of the match but Norrie comfortably saved it and held to level the set at 3-3.

In the end the Brit raised his level when it mattered most and just like the opening set broke in the ninth game as Tsitsipas misfired a backhand cross-court. Norrie held firm to book his place in the final as he enters Saturday’s showpiece event on a eight match winning streak.


Cameron Norrie [6] v Rafael Nadal [4]   H2H & Match Fundamentals

Cameron Norrie [6] v Rafael Nadal [4]   

H2H: Nadal leads 3-0

ATP Acapulco

Acapulco, Mexico    

Hard (O)

Prize Money: $314,455/$169,500

2nd on Estadio (Not before 03:00 GMT)

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In order for Norrie to win back-to-back ATP titles he must defeat 21-time grand slam champion Rafael Nadal who is 14-0 in 2022 in competitive matches.


Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2022 – Hard)

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Cameron Norrie (WR 12)

Rafael Nadal (WR 5)

Tournament Previous Best

SF (2019)

Winner (2005, 2013, 2020)

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2nd Serve Return Points Won %



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Norrie is facing one of the most clutch tennis players in history in the final and the service games won percentage and break points converted percentage back that up.  


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Playing Styles and Prediction

Nadal is having the best start to a season of his career and despite winning a 21st grand slam title at the Australian Open, has showed no signs of his level dropping off. The Spaniard has yet to drop a set this week with his most recent win seeing him cruise past new world number one Daniil Medvedev.

Norrie will have to be even better on serve than he has been over the last couple of weeks if he is to have a chance against Nadal. The Spaniard has been clutch on the big points this week so Norrie will have to be clinical when he has the chance. Norrie will need to come into the net to finish points off and try to add as much variety as possible. Overall this match-up doesn’t favour the Brit and considering how much tennis he has played over the past couple of weeks this could be a comfortable victory for the Spaniard. Either way Norrie takes a lot of confidence heading into his Indian Wells title defence.

Prediction: Nadal in straight sets.   



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