Acapulco, February 22nd, 2022. – There is always an opportunity to make history at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC. Grigor Dimitrov and Stefen Kozlov played the longest match in the history of the tournament, just after John Isner and Fernando Verdasco also played a 3-hour match on the first match of the day.
Kozlov, who got to the main draw as a Lucky Loser, defeated Dimitrov 7-6, 5-7, 6-3 after 3 hours and 21 minutes. Previously, John Isner had eliminated Fernando Verdasco 7-5, 5-7, 7-6 after 3 hours and 13 minutes of play. Both matches were confirmed as the two longest encounters in the history of the tournament.
Previously, the main draw’s first win was for Taylor Fritz. The American defeated Adrian Mannarino by a double 6-3 in the first match that was played in the new Grandstand Caliente.mx.
In other results, Pablo Carreño Busta, Dusan Lajovic and Peter Gojowczyk also got their pass to the second round. The Spaniard defeated Oscar Otte 6-2, 6-4, the Serbian beat Sebastian Korda 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 and the Lucky Loser did the same against Brandon Nakashima with a double 6-4.