Alexander Zverev overcame a sluggish begin to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight units.© Twitter
Second-seeded Alexander Zverev shook off a sluggish begin to beat top-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) Saturday and win the ATP hardcourt event 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 may be heading for one more defeat as he dropped his first service sport on the best way to trailing 4-1 within the opening set. But 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 decent 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 best way 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 best way 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 a lot to me,” stated Zverev as he donned the sombrero historically given to the winner.
He claimed his 14th ATP title and his first of 2021 and can 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 last that includes the event’s prime two seeds since 2015, when second-seeded David Ferrer beat top-seeded Kei Nishikori in straight units.
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