Acapulco, March 1st – While the Mexican fans at the GNP Seguros Arena, the new home of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC were rubbing their hands in anticipation of a long match between North Americans, Taylor Fritz had other plans. The American took advantage of a disconnected version of Canadian Denis Shapovalov to eliminate him in straight sets.
The Canadian’s start was promising, losing only one of his first nine points on serve. However, after Fritz’s first break came, Shapovalov faded on the court.
Taylor, however remained always focused on the match. During the whole night he only lost one point with his first serve and was decisive from the back of the court.
Fritz’s only slip came when he served for the match the first time. Shapovalov tried to buy himself more time, took advantage of a couple of Taylor’s errors and managed to get a break before going down.
In the end, Fritz sealed a double 6-4 and qualified to the quarterfinals of the Acapulco Open 500 where he seeks the title after falling just short in the 2020 season. In the quarterfinals he will face his compatriot Frances Tiafoe, whom he has defeated the last five times they played each other.
Tiafoe overcame Spaniard Feliciano López to advance.