‘Very happy’ Rafael Nadal downs Grigor Dimitrov to set up Mexican Open final clash with Taylor Fritz

A laughing Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal is through to the final of the Mexican Open on Sunday, where he will face American Taylor Fritz.

The Spanish world number two booked his place in Sunday’s final with a 6-3 6-2 win over Grigor Dimitrov.

While Nadal cruised to a straight-sets victory, Fritz was made to earn his ticket in a 2-6 7-5 6-3 victory over compatriot John Isner.

“I’m very happy,” Nadal said after his match. “A great victory against one of the best players in the world and a good friend.”

“I think I’ve increased my level during the match, so it’s positive for me.

“He [Fritz] is playing well. He has a great serve, fantastic shots from the baseline. It’s going to be a tough one.

“I know I’m going to have to be at my best and I hope to be ready for it.”

In Santiago, top seed Christian Garin was forced to retire from his quarter-final against Brazilian Thiago Seyboth Wild.

The 182-ranked Wild will now meet Argentinian qualifier Renzo Olivo in the last four after he upset sixth seed Hugo Dellien in straight sets.

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The other semi-final of the Chile Open will see Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas face Casper Ruud of Norway.

The third and second seeds respectively, both Ramos-Vinolas and Ruud have had little trouble thus far in the tournament, both cruising through their opening three matches in straight sets.

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