Acapulco, March 1st – The third day of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC saw some surprises in the singles draw with the departure of Norwegian Casper Ruud, top seed after the withdrawals of Stefanos Tsitsipas and Carlos Alcaráz.
However, to the delight of the fans, most of the favorites advanced, including Italian Matteo Berrettini, who has won the affection of the Mexican public for his charisma. The current No. 24 stopped Swedish, Elias Ymer in one hour 36 minutes with a 6-3 double split and will now face Top 10 Holger Rune, another favorite who is still alive.
“I liked the conditions since last year, it’s not bad here. I’ve played two solid matches after so long without playing. I trained hard the last month. My game is working well, I’m happy with my level, we reached the most important part of the tournament,” said the Italian.
On the other hand, three representatives from the United States also reached the quarterfinals. Frances Tiafoe dismissed Feliciano López from Acapulco and confirmed that he´s at his best level in his visit to Mexico. Later Tommy Paul (No. 23) advanced after the retirement of Michael Mmoh, whom he was beating 6-4, 2-2.
The Australian Open semifinalist will now face another talent under the American flag as Mackenzie McDonald (No. 62), who in turn surprised B. Nakashima 6-2, 6-0.
Finally, the dream of Matteo’s younger brother Jacopo Berrettini came to an end after falling to Alex de Minaur (No. 22) 6-1, 6-0.