Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal defeated new world number one Daniil Medvedev from Russia, continuing his winning streak in 2022.

In the semifinals of the ATP tournament in Acapulco, the 35-year-old Spaniard won 6: 3, 6: 3 on Friday evening (local time) and thus also won the new edition of the Australian Open final.

At the end of January, Nadal had won the Melbourne final in five contested sets, capturing his 21st Grand Slam title.

Nadal is still unbeaten in this tennis calendar year and could win his third title in 2022 after the Australian Open and the ATP tournament in Melbourne.

In the final on Saturday evening (local time) he will face Britain's Cameron Norrie, who won his semi-final against Greece's co-favorite Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Medvedev, who lost in the semifinals, becomes number one in the world for the first time despite his early exit.

He replaces the Serbian Novak Djokovic.