February 28, 2017
No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic had an astounding debut in the tropical grounds of the Abierto Mexicano de Tenis by triumphing over Slovakian veteran Martin Klizan in a demanding match. This was Djokovic’s first tournament match after being defeated by Dennis Istomin in the Australian Open.
Nole, ranked 2 ATP, imposed himself by 6-3 and 7-6(4) over the left-hander Slovakian in a 1:34 hr battle. The first seed had to save four break points during his first three service games. During the second set the Serbian player lowered his guard and five-time ATP World Champion Klizan seized the opportunity and scored spectacular effective points but it wasn’t enough.
The Slovakian’s frustration during the tie-break was very evident, it was so that the player threw his racquet against the floor several times that got him a warning from the judge.
More than seven thousand fans witnessed Djokovic’s victory in the Grand Stand in Acapulco and celebrated with a standing ovation. “I wasn’t expecting this, I haven’t played since Australia so I was out of shape. There are great players it is not an easy draw. Klizan is very agresive, he’s not afraid of anyone so I had to do my absolute best”, shared a happily surprised Nole, which is a constant feeling since the player arrived to Acapulco, “I’m very greatful to the people of Acapulco, the tournament’s organizing team… they have been great to me and my team. The energy is amazing, very lively. I understand Acapulco is very close to Mexico City, so I hope a lot of people come to watch the final duels”, shared the stellar player.
Novak will face next Argentinian player Del Potro in a extremely anticipated clash.