Not much action on the opening day of ‘Abierto Mexicano Telcel Presentado por HSBC’ tournament in Acapulco with just six matches completed, amongst them the second seed Alexander Zverev who made light work of the Spanish wild card Carlos Alcaraz
I’m Roger Federer’s biggest fan, but he hasn’t played in a year and is above me in the rankings. I have played a Grand Slam final, a Masters 1000 final; right now the system is a mess Alexander Zverev
The German showed his superiority on the 17-year-old to storm through 6-3 6-1 who put up some strong resistance in the opening games in what was the youngsters first test against a top ten player.
At 3-3 Zverev made the pivotal break and quickly pocketed the opening set and then claimed the 9 of the last 10 games to secure his place in round two.
The German will meet Laslo Djere for a place in the quarter-finals after the Serbian posted a 6-2 6-3 victory over American Steve Johnson.
While no doubt happy with his performance, Zverev was not happy with the frozen ranking system which sees him, an active player since the end of the tour suspension, still ranked around the seven mark while Roger Feder who hasn’t played for 14 months until last week, is ranked a place higher than him.
“I’m Roger Federer’s biggest fan, but he hasn’t played in a year and is above me in the rankings.
“I have played a Grand Slam final, a Masters 1000 final; right now the system is a mess,” a disgruntled Zverev pointed out via We Are Tennis.
In other action in Acapulco, American Sebastian Korda made an impressive start to oust Croatian Marin Cilic 7-5 6-2 and will face another big hitter in the next round, his compatriot John Isner who cruised past Italian Salvatore Caruso 6-4 6-3.
Finally to complete the opening days play, Germany’s Dominik Koepfer took out the Mexican wildcard Gerando Lopez Villasenor 6-4 6-2.