The top two seeds at the Mexican Open continue to progress towards the final in Acapulco without dropping sets though their opposition over the next two days could spring surprises.
Today I just managed to stay composed and concentrated on all moments. I had opportunities, I won actually most of my break point opportunities… which was important. It gave me so much confidence throughout the whole match. Stefanos Tsitsipas
Stefanos Tsitsipas, the top seed from Greece, required just 57-minutes to topple the big-serving American, John Isner 6-3 6-2 to take up his allotted place in the last eight and then revealed that patience, composure and a solid return game were the key to his victory.
“I mean things worked out pretty well,” he said. “I think I had good return games today and that was very important. You don’t want to get into tie-breaks with this guy, it can get really dangerous.
“Today I just managed to stay composed and concentrated on all moments. I had opportunities, I won actually most of my break point opportunities… which was important. It gave me so much confidence throughout the whole match.”
Tsitsipas, who raced into a 3-0 lead and then 4-0 in the second, added that the psychological advantage of early breaks always lifts the returner while demoralising the server.
The second seeded Alexander Zverev, who is en route to his third final appearance in four years, proved too strong for Serbia’s Laslo Djere as he secured a 6-4 6-3 win after a slow start.
“I think today what showed the most is that I got better with the match,” Zverev admitted.
“I started off extremely sloppy, started off with a lot of unforced errors.
“The longer the match went on the better I started playing and this is something that is very important for me. When I get into a rhythm, I feel very comfortable on court and that’s how I felt today.”
“I’ve known him since we were juniors and every time we played was extremely long, but that was back in the day,” the German added durng his on-court interview. “I’m happy with today’s win and he’s improved a lot since then.”
The world No. 7 will meet eighth seed Casper Ruud, ranked 25, for a semi-final berth, the Norwegian having beaten Tallon Griekspoor of The Netherlands, 4-6 6-3 -6(3) for his last eight place after two-hours and 18-minutes.
“Casper Ruud is someone who’s come up the ranks extremely fast the last couple of months, couple of years,” Zverev said. “Yeah, he’s somebody to look out for definitely.”
Britain still has an interest in the tournament with Cameron Norrie, their No2 who produced a solid performance to defeat the Italian sixth seed, Fabio Fognini 6-4 6-3 .
Norrie who came through the qualifying competition for a place in the main draw, came through his opening match comfortable with a 6-3 6-3 victory over American Stefan Kozlov and next faces the German Dominik Koepfer who put out Milos Raonic, the fourth seeded Canadian, 6-4 6-2.
Also from Canada, Felix Auger-Aliassime edged past Sebastian Korda, to reach his second quarter-final of the year. He beat the American son 6-3 6-4 and admitted it hadn’t been an easy match as he goes on to face Tsitsipas in the last eight.
Also in action on Day 3, Italian Lorenzo Musetti, another 19-year-old with great prospects, who continued his giant-slaying by winning a rollercoaster battle against American Frances Tiafoe.
After two hours and 40-minutes the teenager emerged a 2-6 6-3 7-6(1) victor and will face the fifth seeded Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter-finals after the Bulgarian had cruised past Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic 6-4 6-2. to advance.