Acapulco, March 4th – Australian Alex de Minaur beats American Tommy Paul 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 to become the new champion of the XXX edition of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC in just 2 hours and 27 minutes.
The Australian came from behind to win the title. Paul clearly dominated, especially during the first set. The American’s plan to shorten the points and get on the net surprised De Minaur and started to deliver results.
Alex understood that he had to be more aggressive to make another comeback. Although Paul also remained solid, De Minaur was looking to force more and more errors from the American. The reward came with his first break of the night.
Tommy did not give up and managed to break immediately to continue with the possibility of closing the match in two sets. To his misfortune, he lost his serve again in one of the most critical points, when he was serving to tie the match at five.
De Minaur took the second set and from there on it was almost non-stop to victory. Paul couldn´t recover from the emotional blow of losing the second set and showed a very different version for the final set.
Alex came close to sealing the victory with a 6-0 lead in the third set, but Tommy Paul managed to get on the board down the stretch. When he had the opportunity to serve for the championship, De Minaur didn’t hesitate. At 40-15, a hooked forehand from the American made him the champion.
De Minaur won the seventh title of his career and the first of this 2023. With this award, the Australian adds his third consecutive season harvesting a trophy, after the championships in Eastbourne and Antalya in 2021 and Atlanta in 2022, while in 2019 he won the titles in Sydney, Atlanta and Zhuhai.