Acapulco Open fans are excitedly looking forward to a highly possible final match between Serbian player Novak Djokovic and Spanish player Rafael Nadal after the draw ceremony of the 2017 Acapulco Open sponsored by Telcel and HSBC. Nole (2 ATP) is the first seed while Rafael (6 ATP) is the second seed after Canadian player Milos Raonic’s (4 ATP) last minute drop out.
Djokovic will kick off the Acapulco tournament with a match against Martin Klizan from Slovakia (65 ATP) and if he comes out triumphant from such game he will face another great favorite: Argentinian Juan Martín del Potro (42 ATP) next. During Quarter-finals there is a high probability of a clash between Nick Kyrgios (16 ATP) who is playing against Dudi Sela beforehand, and a semi final against David Goffin (10-ATP) whose first opponent in this tournament will be Frenchman Stephane Robert (80 ATP).
Nadal’s first match will be demanding for he will be measured against German Mischa Zverev (33 ATP). The two players have played against each other once during the second found of the Brisbane tournament this year and Nadal came out victorious. For his second duel he will be measured against the winner of the Paolo Lorenzi-Yen Hsun Lu match, and later either to the delray Beach champion Jack Sock or Spaniard Feliciano Lopez.
Former Acapulco Open champion and this year’s fourth seeded Austrian player Dominic Thiem will collide first against French player Gilles Simon.
David Goffin, who witnessed the draw ceremony spoke, “it is a very intense main draw but I’ll do my best. Every game will be tough but I know it will be a good tournament for me and all of the players… I’ll have to play game by game”. Goffin was part of the Acapulco Open in 2014 and was ranked 107 ATP at that time so he had to win his pass to the main draw after playing qualification rounds and then lost against Latvian tennis player Ernests Gulbis.
Another first face-off with high expectations is the clash between the third seeded and 7 world ranked Marin Cilic and Ukrainian Alxandr Dolgopolov that hold a 1-1 H2H, although their most recent match was in 2012 during the Umag tournament were Cilic came out triumphant. Mexican tennis player Lucas Gomez, who received a wild card, is playing against Croatian Borna Coric in his first match.
For the women’s main draw, Australian Open finalist and Acapulco Open’s first s seed Mirjana Lucid-Baroni will face Belinda Bencic while sixth seeded, Canadian Eugénie Bouchard will begin her journey with a face-off against Croatian Ajla Tomljanovic. On the other hand, Rio 2016 Olympic Champion Monica Puig from Puerto Rico will face Italian Francesca Schiavone while Renata Zarazúa (WC) will face Belgian Kirsten Flipkens (74 WTA).
Raúl Zurutuza, head of the tournament, is overjoyed about this year’s main draw since it is the best in the Mexican Open’s history. “This speaks about how this tournament is becoming more and more important to the players. We are ready to enjoy a great event”.