Santiago Gonzalez reaches doubles final


  • The Mexican and his partner Neil Skupski solve the semifinal in two sets.
  • He will face Nys and Zielinski this Saturday for the title in Acapulco.

Acapulco, March 1, 2024.- Mexican Santiago Gonzalez and British Neil Skupski will face this Saturday Monegasque Hugo Nys and Polish Jan Zielinski in the great final of the doubles tournament of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC, which is played in the hard courts of the tennis complex of the Arena GNP Seguros.

In front of a great atmosphere at the GrandStand, Gonzalez and Skupski defeated in straight sets by 7-6(5) and 6-3 Frenchmen Sadio Doumbia and Fabian Reboul, while Hugo Nys and Jan Zielinski did the same against Finnish Harri Heliovaara and Australian John Peers by 6-4 and 6-3.

Santi will be looking for his first title of the season when the Acapulco ATP 500, which has a purse of 2.3 million dollars, comes to an end after a semifinal duel that they resolved in one hour and 45 minutes of play.

The first set could not have been less dramatic. It seemed that Santi and Skupski would define without problems, but the French reacted to tie and force the tie break, where the favorites of the public were against the wall, but the saving racket of the British player and the good arts of the player from Veracruz allowed them to win 7-5.

Santi and Skupski settled very well on the court and broke on two occasions at the beginning of the second set, to take a quick 4-0 lead and, finally, to solve with 6-3 digits, after suffocating an attempt of reaction from the French.

“Last year was a tough super year to overcome, but we’re doing really well this year, winning quite a few matches. This is our second final, hopefully tomorrow we can play good tennis, the support of the public is a factor and hopefully we can crown ourselves, but even if we don’t crown ourselves it would be a great week” assured the Mexican at the end of his match.

“Who would have thought that nine years later I could be back in a final, but I feel very good, good tennis, I have a great partner next to me and hopefully, for many years I have wanted to fulfill winning in Acapulco.”

On the other hand, in the first round at the GranStand, Nys and Zielinski, second seeds, defeated Harri Heliovaara and John Peers in two sets 6-4, 6-3, to book their place in the final.

The first set anticipated a very tight duel, as they were very evenly matched until the tenth game, when Nys and Zielinski broke to take the set 6-4.

The break opened the door for them to easily solve the second set, ending the match in an unexpected way in just one hour and 20 minutes.

Results of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC doubles semifinals:

Hugo Nys (MON) / Jan Zielinski (POL) to Harri Heliovaara (FIN) / John Peers (AUS) 6-4, 6-3.

Santiago Gonzalez (MEX) / Neal Skupski (GBR) to Sadio Doumbia (FRA) / Fabian Reboul (FRA) 7-6(5), 6-3.


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