Mexican Open: Alexander Zverev beats prime seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in ultimate to win ATP Acapulco title

Mexican Open: Alexander Zverev beats prime seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in ultimate to win ATP Acapulco title

Tsitsipas, who was coming off semi-final appearances on the Australian Open and Rotterdam, was denied a sixth ATP trophy.

Mexican Open: Alexander Zverev beats top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in final to win ATP Acapulco title

Germany’s Alexander Zverev celebrates after defeating Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas within the ultimate match to win Mexican Open tennis match in Acapulco. AP

Acapulco: Second-seeded Alexander Zverev shook off a gradual begin to beat top-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) Saturday and win the ATP hardcourt match in Acapulco, Mexico.

Germany’s Zverev, ranked seventh on the earth, had misplaced his final 5 matches towards the world quantity 5 from Greece.

Early on it appeared Zverev could be heading for one more defeat as he dropped his first service sport on the way in which to trailing 4-1 within the opening set.

However he stepped it as much as save three break factors within the sixth sport, holding serve to launch a run of 5 straight video games that noticed him pocket the set.

A good second set noticed Zverev achieve the primary break for a 5-4 lead and an opportunity to serve for the match.

Tsitsipas saved one match level on the way in which to regaining the break when Zverev double-faulted on break level — one among his eight double faults within the contest.

From there it was a fierce battle to the tiebreaker, Tsitsipas saving six break factors to carry for a 6-5 lead and Zverev saving a set level on the way in which to creating it 6-6.

Zverev transformed his third match level to seal the victory and go one higher than his runner-up end to Australian Nick Kyrgios in Acapulco in 2019.

“This victory means loads to me,” mentioned Zverev as he donned the sombrero historically given to the winner.

He claimed his 14th ATP title and his first of 2021 and will probably be one of many males to beat when the Miami Masters begins subsequent week within the absence of stars Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem.

Tsitsipas, who was coming off semi-final appearances on the Australian Open and Rotterdam, was denied a sixth ATP trophy.

It was the primary Acapulco ultimate that includes the match’s prime two seeds since 2015, when second-seeded David Ferrer beat top-seeded Kei Nishikori in straight units.

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