Favorites seek quarterfinals


  • Ruud, Fritz, Rune and Tiafoe will try to make it into the top eight.

Acapulco, February 28th – Norwegian, Casper Ruud (No. 2), American Taylor Fritz (No. 3), Dane Holger Rune (No. 4) and American (US) Frances Tiafoe (No. 6) will be looking to advance from the second round to the quarterfinals of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC.

Ruud, who struggled to get past the first round after a three-set loss to Argentine Guido Andreozzi, will face Japan’s Daniel Taro, who comes from the qualifiers and is ready for any challenge.

Fritz, who also made it to the second round by beating fellow countryman John Isner in three sets, will face Canadian Denis Shapovalov on a much higher caliber match.

Rune, who struggled in three sets against American (US) Ben Shelton, will face the surprising Portuguese, Nuno Borges, recent champion of the Challenger of Monterrey, who will be looking for the upset. 

In a more attractive match, American (US) Frances Tiafoe will face veteran Spaniard Feliciano López, who´s playing his last AMT after announcing his upcoming retirement last December.

Both players have the sympathy of the Mexican crowd. López for his consistency in Mexico and Tiafoe for his dedication to the public.

Brothers, Matteo and Jacopo Berrettini will have their share of action being the highlight of the day. Matteo will face the Swedish, Elias Ymer, a somewhat “lucky” loser who has reached the second round of the tournament after beating the French Adrian Manarinno. 

Jacopo will face the Australian Alex de Minaur, who defeated the young Mexican Rodrigo Pacheco. 

Two matches complete the second round, the first between Americans (US) Mackenzie McDonald and Brandon Nakashima and the second with Tommy Paul, seventh favorite, facing Michael Mmoh. For this edition, players from the United States occupied 10 out of the 32 available spots.



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