Acapulco, Gro., February 26th.- Alexander Zverev had no major problem getting his ticket to the second round of Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC, he defeated the Australian Alexei Popyrin in two (6-3 6-3), in one hour and 10 minutes match at Estadio Pegaso.
Popyrin, who comes from the qualification tournament, was one of the three young players that got to the third round in Australian Open. It is his first time in the main draw of AMT, he got his ticket after Bernard Tomic withdraw from the qualies.
But this Tuesday the 19-year-old (No.133 in the ATP ranking) could not handle Zverev’s quality, who was semifinalist of the tournament last year. Sascha imposed the conditions of the match and did not show discomfort in the ankle that forced him to withdraw from Rotterdam last week.
Only a day before, Alexander stated that he was confident, and he was going to do his best. After Australian he only played a couple Davis Cup matches.
The German player had 96 percent of effectiveness with his first service and connected 13 aces, Popyrin only had 66 percent of effectiveness and 4 aces, but he had troubles to answer his rival service.
“Alexei is a very talented young man, it was a good start, one always expects difficult matches, especially when you play with young players, who constantly improve, but I expected a good match”, Alexander said.
Zverev broke Popyrin service twice at the beginning of the match to take a 2-0 advantage. But during the break after the third game, he asked for the trainer. Later Alexander said he pulled a muscle, but the trainer gave him green light to keep playing the match.
Kyrgios, moving forward.
Another player that keeps moving forward in the main draw, is Nick Kyrgios, who gather hundreds of fans in Caliente Grand Stand, to watch him play against the Italian Andreas Seppi. The so call “bad boy” won in two sets, the final score was 6-3, 7-5.
During the match set, the Australian, scored a total of 13 aces, ending up with 67 percent of effectiveness with his first service. His rival achieved only 6 aces and 56 percent of effectiveness with his first service.
Sam Querrey, 2017 champion of Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC, won against Guillermo García López (LL), in two sets (6-3, 6-2). Querrey connected 15 aces and won 29 points out of 30 with his first service. Now Querrey will face John Isner, for a ticket to the quarterfinals.