March 4, 2017
Sam Querrey stunned the unbeaten second seed Rafael Nadal and closed the tournament by snatching the trophy from the Spaniard and becoming the first American to become champion in the tournament’s 24-year history 6-3, 7-6(3).
Up to this match Nadal had a record of won vs lost sets of 28-0 in the Acapulco Tournament, now the record changes to 28-2. Ouerrey fought in a draw that hosted 6 of the top-10 using his blasting service as his most powerful weapon. In his last duel the San Francisco Giant scored 19 aces against 1 from the Spaniard.
“It was an incredible week for me, I got to win over Top players” spoke Querrey about edging over fifth seed David Goffin (11 ATP) in the second-round, fourth seed Dominic Thiem (9 ATP) in the quarter-finals and sixth seed Nick Kyrgios (17 ATP) in the semi-finals.
One break was enough for Querrey to own the first set and remember Nadal he’s human and that he makes mistakes. Bewilderment was evident in Nadal’s face, he had a hard time with his service and missed the opportunities in the breaks he made.
“Its simple, his game was better than mine. I didn’t play as well during the first set. His game was nearly perfect, his backcourt game was great. During the tie-break I faulted three times with the 1-0, I searched for what I thought would work but I wasn’t able to achieve it. I’m still happy about this week”, spoke Nadal in a press conference right after the match.
Querrey is projected to jump to No. 26 on Monday, his highest standing since August 2013.