Acapulco, Guerrero, February 26, 2018 .- David Ferrer stood as a true giant on the court that has seen him crowned four times at Abierto Mexicano Telcel, presented by HSBC, and got his ticket to the second round by winning over the Russian Andrey Rublev in two, 6-4 and 6-3.
David controlled the match and showed his best repertoire of background shots. Rublev had good times, showed off his power and his privileged forehand, but it was not enough to beat one of the crowds favourite. And so he showed that this is his territory, which is one of his favorite tournaments (one of the seven in which he accumulates 30 or more wins). “I want to rest a little and be ready to prepare each game,” David said at the end, happy for the result.
The Spaniard took advantage as soon as he was out, 3-0, and in just 14 minutes the score was 4-1. Well planted in the back of the court, Ferrer controlled the young Russian, who with erratic shots ended up giving up his service once more.
Andrey made adjustments and with his powerful forehand managed to give Ferrer troubles during the ninth game. In the tenth game David took the initiative and put the 0-40 to the rival, and Ferrer was finally able to take the win.
David broke Rublev’s serve early, during the second game of the first set. That advantage was enough for the Spaniard, who never lowered the intensity and claimed revenge after the Russian defeated him, in five sets (7-5, 6-7, 6-2, 6-7, 6-2) duringf the first round of Australian Open.
Ferrer will face on second round the winner of the duel between Juan Martín del Potro, sixth seed, and Mischa Zverev.