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Acapulco | Kyrgios captures the Mexican title

Acapulco | Kyrgios captures the Mexican title

Nick Kyrgios showed no signs of fatigue as he swept through to claim the Mexican Open title, officially known as the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC, an ATP 500 event in Acapulco.

“It’s an amazing feeling. I didn’t expect much at all today. I knew I was the underdog going in and that he’s playing great tennis, Nick Kyrgios

For his fifth singles title he beat the world No.3 Alexander Zverev, the second seed, 6-4 6-4 having, in his run to the final, ousted Rafa Nadal (3-6 7-6(2) 7-6(6)), Stan Wawrinka (7-5 6-7(3) 6-3) and John Isner (7-5 5-7 7-6(7)) in what was a gruelling week for the controversial Australian.

Kyrgios broke in game four of the first set and after trading breaks in the first two games of the second set, he pulled ahead again in game five and then saw out the rest of the match.

“It’s an amazing feeling. I didn’t expect much at all today. I knew I was the underdog going in and that he’s playing great tennis,” the 23-year-old, a former world No.13 but currently ranked 72, said after the match.

“He’s an incredible player and doesn’t have many weaknesses, so I knew I had to play my style of tennis. I’m really happy with the performance.”

After a week in which he fired back at Nadal for criticising his behaviour on court, Kyrgios was full of compliments for Zverev, 21, after being presented with the championship silver pear trophy and a black sombrero.

“You’re tame, you’re so professional, you’re an example to any tennis player and I think I can take a leaf out of your book and maybe I can catch you on some titles one day,” said Kyrgios.

In the women’s draw, China’s Wang Yafan, ranked 65, rallied after two-hours and 10-minutes to capture her first WTA title, upsetting the 35th world ranked American Sofia Kenin 2-6 6-3 7-5 to win the Mexico Open women’s crown.


About The Author

Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.


  1. Pat Stubbs

    Really pleased for Nick- not keen on Zverev though I accept he pays good tennis

    • Angela Lawman

      Like then both but great result for Nick x


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