Mexico’s Rodrigo Pacheco leaves the AMT; Ruud and Tiafoe advance 


  • Ruud’s next opponent will be Serbian Dusan Lajovic, while Tiafoe will face German Dominik Koepfer.
  • Mexican Rodrigo Pacheco said goodbye to the AMT 2024 but leaves with a very good learning experience from this tournament.

Acapulco, October 27, 2024.- Mexican tennis player Rodrigo Pacheco Mendez (No. 700) said goodbye to the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC after falling to the regret of the local public against Serbian Dusan Lajovic (No. 55) by 2-6, 2-6. 

“In the end I didn’t play as I expected. The other player (Dusan Lajovic) has a lot of experience, the truth is I never felt comfortable to play and well, that was the difference. I tried to take advantage of every moment, but in the end it was not as I expected. It’s a bad day and a bad match, but I tried until the end and thanks to the people for supporting me. Unfortunately I couldn’t get (the victory) in an ATP match, but I learned a lot from the players and I have good lessons for the future,” Pacheco assured. 

Dusan Lajovic’s next opponent will be Norwegian Casper Ruud (No. 11), seeded sixth in the tournament, who struggled in his first match of the tournament, but in the end was able to get his ticket to the round of 16 of the AMT by beating American Christopher Eubanks (No. 34) 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3. 

“It was a good start (at the Acapulco tournament). The conditions are different (from the Los Cabos tournament), but I feel really very good and happy for this victory. I have trained very well and very hard, now I want to rest and sleep well to continue with tomorrow’s match,” said Casper Ruud after his victory. 

The Norwegian tennis player’s best performance in Acapulco so far has been in 2021 when he reached the semifinals, where he lost to Germany’s Alexander Zverev. In 2023, Casper only reached the second round, as he was eliminated by Japan’s Taro Daniel. 

In the first match of the day at the Grandstand, American Frances Tiafoe (No. 16) did not have an easy match either, but he had a great comeback after going a set down, and sweeping the third set to take the match 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 against Australian Max Purcell (No. 62) and thus advance to the second round of the tournament in Acapulco where he will face German Dominik Koepfer (No. 58). 

Tiafoe is one of the favorite players of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC and already has a long history in this tournament. The 26-year-old from Maryland’s best performance was last year when he reached the quarterfinals against Taylor Fritz.


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