March 1, 2017
Heartbroken and in disbelief, a fully packed Estadio Pegaso said farewell to Acapulco’s big time favorite. Nick Kyrgios left the fans in shock by taking first seed and second world best, Novak Djokovic, out of the Abierto Mexicano de Tenis Telcel. The Australian will play American Sam Querrey next.
With an astounding service (81%) that connected 25 aces, Kyrgios was consistent and played excellent tennis in an intense, 107-minute fight where a break was the decisive point that sent the 21-year-old to semifinals, 7-6(9), 7-5.
The first was an extremely close set that was defined by a tie-break that extended to a 11-9. In the second set Kyrgios increased the pressure over Nole, whom in 5-6 was under love-40 and was not able to recover.
Kyrgios (17 ATP) triumphed over Djokovic for the fist time which mis he has won over 3 out of 4 top ATP players: Nadal in Wimbledon 2014, Federer in Madrid 2015, and Novak Djokovic in Acapulco 2017. Kygios has a 0-5 head-2-head with Andy Murray. This is Nick’s 11th win over top 10 players.
Novak Djokovic wasn’t left much to do to counteract the Australian’s effective serve, unmistakably making this the best battle in the Australian’s short career and laces him on his second semifinal round in this current season. His first has been Marseille where he was edged by Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
The Australian “bad boy” will play Sam Querrey for the second time in this current ATP tour. Kyrgios imposed himself with a double 6-4 in the Masters 1000 in Shanghai 2016.
“My service was very good today, I competed for every point and worked on building up the pressure in every serve. I was very lucky”…”Honestly nothing changes when I play against top 10 players. I play my best when I play them, I’ve got no problem with this matches”, expressed Kyrgios, “I knew the public was going to cheer for him (Nole), he’s a great guy, he has done a lot for this sport and he’s a great player and I’m a controverted player and I’m not going to change who I am and will not stop playing”. Nick will try to be as aggressive as he can against Querrey that has a strong serve as well.