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Zverev edges past Tsitsipas for Acapulco title

The final of the Mexican Open certainly made up for the disappointing semi-finals which had been played 24-hours earlier, with Stefanos Tsitsipas, the top seed and Alexander Zverev, seeded two, battling it out for the right to wear the traditional Mexican sombrero as champion.

In the beginning I started off extremely bad, I thought I didn’t play well at all,” Zverev admitted. “I had to fight my way into the match, and I did well to win the first set Alexander Zverev

And it was Zverev, after two hours and 17-minutes, who earned that right by defeating his German opponent 6-4 7-6(3) ending the week without dropping a set.

But despite winning in straight sets, it hadn’t been an easy victory as he had to battle through to earn himself the 14th title of his career – plus an $88,940 winner’s cheque from the sponsors, Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC.

Initially Tsitsipas did the early running as Zverev found himself trailing 4-1 and nearly went a double break down thanks to his misfiring serve but once he had adjusted his sights, he got on a roll to sweep through for the first set by claiming five consecutive games.

Having found his rhythm he was now more than able to match Tsitsipas’ searing groundstrokes winners with his equally scorching backhands which made the second set an intriguing battle between two highly competitive players.

Only two break points were offered during the first eight games with the German finally securing one to take a 5-4 lead but couldn’t serve it out in the next game as the Greek saved a match point in his fight back, helped by a Zverev double fault, to level.

Two games later, Tsitsipas had to save six break points to hold for 6-6 and force a tie break where Zverev was quick to take control of by getting the first mini-break early on converting his third match point to seal his first Acapulco title.

“In the beginning I started off extremely bad, I thought I didn’t play well at all,” Zverev admitted. “I had to fight my way into the match, and I did well to win the first set.

“In the second set, when I have a chance I need to close it out against these top players because normally they won’t give you a second chance. I thought I played extremely well in the tie-break, I’m happy with how it went.

“I’ve always said that this is definitely a tournament that I want to win in my career,” Zverev said in his post-match press conference.
“I have a very strong relationship with Mexico and with this tournament. I came here with a goal and I achieved it, and I’m very happy with that.”
“I’ve always said that this is definitely a tournament that I want to win in my career,” Zverev said in his post-match press conference. “I have a very strong relationship with Mexico and with this tournament. I came here with a goal and I achieved it, and I’m very happy with that.”
Tsitsipas at the start of the final, had only lost once in their previous six meetings so this victory will have helped Zverev to close the gap.

“I take this week very positively,” said Tsitsipas. “I think it is great being able to play at such an intensity and level. I was very close once again to clinch and get that title, but it wasn’t meant to be… I played well.”

“I take this week very positively,” said Tsitsipas. “I think it is great being able to play at such an intensity and level. I was very close once again to clinch and get that title, but it wasn’t meant to be… I played well.


Stefanos Tsitsipas was stretched during the final

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