Acapulco, Guerrero, 2 de marzo.- Nick Kyrgios is the new champion of Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC, after defeating in the final Alexander Zverev, winning his fifth ATP title.
Despite not being liked by the public, the 23 year-old Australian player, completed a dream week, winning the match in two sets 6-3, 6-4, over Zverev who didn’t lost a set during the tournament.
The final match started with Kyrgios dominating the exchanges. Zverev controlled the timing in his previous matches this week, but this time he had to work harder to keep himself in rallies. A forehand error from the German down break point gave Kyrgios a 3-1 lead in the opening set.
The most noticeable and effective play of the match was Kyrgios’ repeated use of drop shots. Once he pushed Zverev behind the baseline, Kyrgios threw in a perfectly disguised dropper to the awe of the crowd. The tactic helped Nick erase a break point at 4-2 and, two games later, he cracked a forehand winner on his first set point to grab the early advantage.
During the second set Sascha went up 40/0 in the next game, but yet another drop shot winner helped Kyrgios bring it to deuce. Kyrgios raised his level further and ripped two clean winners to grab the break and a 3-2 lead.
Kyrgios ended the match with 13 aces, and he had a 77% of effectiveness with his first serve.
The players have faced each other in seven ocassions, the record is now 4-3, in Nick’s favor, in the head2 head series
Acapulco marked the first time that the Aussie defeated two Top 3 players in the same tournament and the first time he defeated three Top 10 players in one week. Kyrgios will cut his ATP Ranking by more than half with his title run and is projected to move just outside the Top 30 on Monday.
367,000 dlls and 500 ATP points is the prize Nick Kyrgios took tonight.