Farewell to the Mexicans on the first day of Qualys

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Acapulco, February 25th 2023 – It was a complicated day for the Mexicans in the qualifying round of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC. Ernesto Escobedo and Alejandro Hernández keeped their hopes alive trying to reach the main draw, but were eliminated by American (US) Brandon Holt and Japanese Taro Daniel, respectively.

Ernesto “Neto” was the closest to qualifying, after a close match that lasted almost three hours. Holt took the first set after breaking the Mexicans serve twice. Although Escobedo recovered one of the breaks, but could not prevent Brandon from taking a 6-4 lead.

Ernesto showed his best game during the second set. The crowd was able to connect with the Mexican and encourage him out of a 0-40 point in the mid part of the set. During the tiebreak, a brief break was enough for Escobedo to equal the actions. But for the final set, Holt got a couple of breaks giving him the victory after a final score of 6-4, 7-6, 6-2.

Earlier in the Grandstand, Alejandro Hernández could do very little against Taro Daniel. The Japanese was always in control and won the match in less than 90 minutes. The duel started with a break on each side, but then it was completely on the Japanese’s favor.

Alex managed to save three match points when leading 1-5 in the second set, but a double fault sentenced his elimination from the qualifying round as in the previous edition of the tournament. Daniel advanced to the next round of pre-qualifying, where he will face Brandon Holt for a spot in the main draw.

In other matches, Jacopo Berrettini will look forward on joining his brother Matteo in the main draw if he gets a win against Luciano Darderi in an Italian duel. On the other hand, Elias Ymer will be looking for another of the spots against Argentine Guido Andreozzi, who is also still active in the doubles qualies.

QUALY RESULTS: 

Luciano Darderi (ITA) defeated Yuichi Sugita (JPN) by 7-5, 6-0.

Taro Daniel (JPN) defeated Alejandro Hernández (MEX) 6-2, 6-1

Elias Ymer (SWE) defeated Bradley Klahn (USA) 6-4, 6-4

Guido Andreozzi (ARG) defeated Facundo Mena 7-5, 6-2

Brandon Holt (USA) defeated Ernesto Escobedo (MEX) 6-4 6-7(5), 6-2

Jacopo Berrettini (ITA) defeated Geoffrey Blancaneaux (FRA) by 0-6, 6-4, 6-4

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