Quarter-finals set: De Miñaur vs Tsitsipas and Rune vs Koepfer


  • Defending champion Alex de Miñaur will face Tsitsipas in the third round in Acapulco. 
  • Holger Rune will do the same against German Dominik Koepfer, who defeated American Frances Tiafoe.

Acapulco February 29, 2024.- Australia’s Alex de Miñaur, Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas and Denmark’s Holger Rune, all favorites to win the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC title, advanced to the quarterfinals in Acapulco. 

Australian Alex de Miñaur (No. 9), defending champion of the tournament, will face Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (No. 12) in the third round, after beating Austrian Sebastian Ofner (No. 37) 6-1, 6-3 in a duel where the defending champion was effective in the key moments from the back of the court. 

“Well, I’m very happy with how I’ve dealt with the last few matches, in the end I had a tactic and I was able to follow it, obviously I don’t think I did anything out of this world; I stayed solid and did what I had to do to win my matches,” he said. 

With this result, the current Acapulco champion became the first defending champion to advance to the quarterfinals after 7 years. The last player who was a champion (in 2016) reached these instances the following year was the Austrian Dominic Thiem in the 2017 edition. 

Stefanos Tsitsipas had the support of the fans at the Mextenis Stadium to prevail 6-3, 7-6 (6) against a surprising Flavio Cobolli (No. 69). 

“It’s great to have the support on my side. It’s a great support. They’ve shown me their love in recent years. When the season ends at the end of the year, I’m looking forward to coming to Acapulco. It’s a lot of fun, the great atmosphere in Mexico brings me a lot of positive things. I have great feelings about being in Acapulco,” he said. 

Holger Rune (No. 7) defeated American Aleksandar Kovacevic (No. 93) 7-6 (5), 6-2 in a match lasting one hour and fifty minutes. Now, the Dane will face German Dominik Koepfer (No. 58), who defeated American Frances Tiafoe (No. 16) by 6-4, 5-7, 6-1. The 2021 semifinalist was solid with a powerful serve as he converted 11 aces and took advantage of the Maryland tennis player’s four unforced errors in two hours and 25 minutes of play. 

“I’m enjoying being here. I have to talk to my team to have a tactical plan to be ready for tomorrow and I will try to fight to the end,” warned Rune.



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