Acapulco, March 2 – The American Tommy Paul, seeded seventh, showed that the semifinal of the Australian Open was not a coincidence, that he is living his best moment as a professional tennis player and that he did not come to Acapulco just to enjoy the good weather. At 25 years old and ranked No. 23 in the ATP ranking, his result in the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC catapults him to be a protagonist in the upcoming tournaments.
In the round of the best eight he defeated his compatriot Mackenzie McDonald in just one hour by 6-2, 6-2 and now he will face another representative of the American team, the world No. 5, Taylor Fritz.
With a solid first serve at 77% efficiency, the quarterfinal challenge for the New Jersey-born Paul seemed like a cakewalk after he broke serve to the No. 62 on four occasions. However, on Friday against Fritz he will have to be at his best as he trails his contemporary 2-1 in the head-to-head.
In the second round at the Arena GNP Seguros stadium, the dream of Japanese surprise package Taro Daniel (No. 125), who had eliminated top seed Casper Ruud in three sets, came to an end when he faced Australian Alex de Minaur. The No. 22, who in turn had eliminated Mexican Rodrigo Pacheco in the first round, had few complications and in one hour and 38 minutes, defeated his Japanese rival by the same score 6-2, 6-2. Now he faces the biggest challenge of his week in Acapulco by reaching the semifinals.