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.