In fact, Nadal hasn’t dropped a set since going down 0-2 to newly crowned world No.1 Daniil Medvedev during the Australian Open final.
The 35-year-old transferred his form from Melbourne to Mexico - crushing returns, flipping in a high service percentage, clipping disguised drop shots, the well-oiled machine was firing on all cylinders. His net play was particularly brave and punchy.
Just like in Melbourne, Nadal came up with the answers against Medvedev in a commanding 6-3, 6-3 semi-final, prior to dismissing recent Delray Beach champion Cameron Norrie 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday night.
In any position of the court it seems Nadal believes he can conjure up a shot to escape all sorts of tight spots. Take the opening game of the second set versus Norrie. The world No.12 lasered a backhand approach to skim the baseline. Nadal, running from wide right, sprinted to intercept and curled an astonishing last-ditch cross court forehand passing shot.