Mexico City, February 6th, 2023.- It took 11 years for the Argentine flag to wave again at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC. Needing to go back to 2018. That edition marked the 25th anniversary of the ATP 500 tournament in Acapulco, and for that same reason, within the lineup were six Top 10 players for a second consecutive year.
Rafael Nadal arrived as the No. 2 seed in the world, Alexander Zverev No. 5, Dominic Thiem No. 6, Jack Sock No. 8, Kevin Anderson No. 9 and precisely Del Potro No. 10 closed a dreamlike lineup. Although Nadal had to withdraw from the tournament due to an injury, the draw was extremely competitive, delivering memorable matches thanks to the match offered by the Tandil (Argentina) born player winning the Silver Gourd.
That title was the 21st of his career and to accomplish that feat, he had to beat the rest of the stars and better seeded than him throughout that week. Defeating David Ferrer, Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and South African Kevin Anderson in the finals (6-4, 6-4). After winning that final, Juan Martín del Potro became the third Argentinean to win in Acapulco, after Juan Ignacio Chela’s two winning finals and Agustín Calleri´s victory. His level was so good that after Mexico he won the Indian Wells Masters, being the last title of his career.
About the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC, the “Torre de Tandil” (as he´s called) remembers the following:
“What I always liked the most was the incredible scenario where the tournament is held, the way they treat all the players, just spectacular and making us feel very comfortable. Every tennis player who´s played the tournament practically doesn’t want that week to end, because the place is just amazing, dreamlike. They always treated me very well and when the tournament was over I stayed a couple of days on vacation, the fans, organizers and tournament director are always generous. It´s always great to come back.”
Despite his retirement in 2022, mostly due to injuries and after almost three years of no activity, the Argentine assures that he´ll return to Mexico, since Acapulco has a special place in his thoughts.
“I will always be grateful for how they treated me, for the love it shows me constantly, whether I am playing or not. I cherish the relationship I have with the Mexican crowd,” he recalled for the tournament.
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