Johannesburg [South Africa], Mar. 4 : Fourteen-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal defeated Croatia's Marin Cilic in straight sets to enter the finals of the Mexican Open.
The Spaniard was in his prime form as he defeated the third seeded Croatian 6-1, 6-2 on Friday night. "You need to have a great day to get a result like this against Cilic," Sport24 quoted Nadal as saying.
"Anytime you play against someone like Cilic you expect to suffer in a tight match, but it was not like that.
I believe that he had his chances, but I played a good game," he added. Seeking his first title this season and 70th overall, the 30 year-old Spaniard will now face American Sam Querrey or Australian Nick Kyrgios in the summit clash.
Nadal, who won the tournament in 2005 and 2013, has a 14-match winning streak in the event. Heis playing in his first tournament since losing to Roger Federer in the Australian Open final..