Acapulco, Gro, 27 de febrero.- Despite the rough start, and struggling with food poisoning , Nick Kyrgios surprises the audience and leaves out of the tournament the all-time favorite, Rafa Nadal, in a thrilling match celebrated at Estadio Pegaso.
Rafa, no. 2 in the world, took advantage of the circumstances and clearly imposed the conditions in the first set, the score was 6-3 and Kyrgios seemed confused at the end of the first partial.
On the second set things seemed different, full of amazing points in both sides court. Nadal had many chances to break Nick’s service, but he was not willing to give up so easy, and they had to define this set in a tie break, the score of the second set was 7-2.
The last set of the match was as thrilling as the second, again Nadal had many chances to break but, Nick showed his talent and tie the score, again the set had to be defined in tie break. Nadal had three match points, but Nick won the next five points, winning the match.
In 2017, Nick also surprised by eliminating the favorite in that edition, Novak Djokovic.
At the end of the match Nadal looked sad and angry. “It’s been a weird match; a lot has happened. At some point he (Nick Kyrgios) looked in pain, but then he was perfect, today it was just not a good day for me”.
“I should win 8 out of 10 matches like this one. Losing a match this way, that I had more than one match point, makes me feel disappointed. The greater sadness, more than the defeat, it’s that I will not be able to compete here tomorrow”, Nadal stated.
“I feel really proud and I feel very lucky to have win the match against a player like Rafa, a great champion. It’s been a great week, Acapulco it’s one of my favorite tournaments of the year”, Kyrgios said to the press.
Kyrgios will face in the quarterfinals, Stan Wawrinka, they have a 3-2 record in favor of the Swiss.
In other results, Diego Schwartzman, was left out of the tournament by Cameron Norrie who required three sets (7-6, 4-6, 6-3) and two hours and twenty minutes to leave the fourth seed of the tournament without a ticket to the quarterfinals.
Norrie took advantage of the physical discomfort his opponent showed, Diego, asked for medical assistance due to a muscle pull in the right leg. Last week, due to the same injury, Diego wasn’t able to defend his title in Rio.
In the next round, Cameron will face, Mackenzie McDonald, who on his turn, left out of the competition Frances Tiafoe.
The Young Australian, Alex De Minaur, advanced to the quarterfinal after his opponent, Feliciano López walked over the match due to food poisoning.