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Ruud withstands pressure from Andreozzi and advances

  • The Norwegian was close to falling against the 342nd player of the world in the last round of the Arena GNP Seguros and needed almost three hours to get the victory.

Acapulco, February 27th – The first day closed with a major surprise. The Argentine Guido Andreozzi was one step away from achieving what would have been his biggest victory yet  but in the end it was the Norwegian Casper Ruud who advanced to the second round of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC.

The Norwegian started off a break down in the match but it didn’t take him long to recover lost ground. He managed to recover against a surprising Andreozzi, taking a 6-4 lead.

It looked like a straightforward victory for the Roland Garros and US Open finalist, but the Argentinean broke Rudds´s serve in the second set. Ruud managed to recover again, but Guido got a new break to close the second set with his serve 6-4 and send the match to the third set.

During the last set we saw one break on each side until both players reached a 6-6 tie and had to decide the match in a tiebreak. During the tiebreak, Ruud used up all of his experience and Andreozzi unfortunately could not show his best game. With a 7-2 score, Casper got his ticket to the next round, where he will face Japan’s Taro Daniel.

Rune advances after a huge comeback

  • Fourth-seeded Dane survived Shelton’s 9 aces to take the victory.

Acapulco, February 27th – Denmark’s Holger Rune confirmed his Top 10 status and maturity with a comeback win over American (US) Ben Shelton. Current world number 10 in the ATP ranking had a hard-earned victory as he needed three sets to overcome the inspired American who stood up to him at the GNP Seguros Arena.

Rune and Shelton delighted the fans who were present to witness what could be one of the most important duels in the future. The 19 and 20 year olds, respectively, competed for more than 2 hours in an exciting match.

The first set could have gone either way. Rune and Shelton reached the tiebreak after each got a  break and both had set point in the tiebreak. At the end it was Ben who took advantage of his opponent’s errors taking a 7-6 lead.

The match was split until a 4-4 in the second set. After taking a 5-4 lead with his serve, Rune took advantage of Shelton’s errors to press with his return and eventually got the break and set at the same time.

For the last set, the Dane was largely superior to Shelton, who continued to go from bad to worse. At the end, Rune clinched the win with a final score of 6-7(7), 6-4, 6-2.

“I wasn’t as sharp as I would´ve liked, specially during key moments of the first set. I embraced it and got through; I started strong with my serve in the second set, I played much more freely, a bit more aggressive, I felt at ease,” Rune recalled after the match.

“After that, we played two amazing last points in the second set. I feel like I had a little bit of the advantage and I used to my advantage. My discipline was key in the third set,” the Dane added.

Rune will play in the second round of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC against the winner of the match between Portugal’s Nuno Borges and American Nick Chappell.













The Grand Stand vibrates on its 2023 debut

  • Shapovalov, Tiafoe and Paul fulfilled all predictions and made the Grandstand “Caliente” vibrate at the beginning of the tournament.

Acapulco, February 27th.- There is no doubt that every court inside the GNP Seguros Arena lives matches of high intensity during the tournaments week and the opening of the Grandstand had nothing to envy the main stadium with three matches that vibrated with the 1,500 spectators that jam packed each match in the opening day of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC in its XXX anniversary.

First, Dennis Shapovalov (No. 30) and Miomir Kecmanovic (No. 31) fulfilled all predictions with a close match that went to a tie break in the first set and resulted in favor of the Serbian. 

Every victory and effort counts, specially when both are competing for the same positions in the ATP ranking, however, it was the Canadian who evened the score in the second set when in just 26 minutes he finished his first opponent with an outstanding serve. After 2 hours and 15 minutes into the game, Shapovalov, finally managed to increase his advantage against Kecmanovic 2-1 thanks to eight aces and despite committing more double faults (7). The final score was 6-7(4), 6-0, 7-5. He´ll face Taylor Fritz (No. 5) in the second round.

Then came the turn of the American (US) Frances Tiafoe (No.15) against Yoshihito Nishioka, both started their debut in Acapulco with high intensity as they went to a tie break in the first set. Finally, after one hour & 44 minutes, last year’s US Open semifinalist looked very solid on his first serve and broke the Japanese twice during the match. With a score of 7-6(6)-6-4 he advanced to the quarterfinals where he´ll face Feliciano López, who defeated Christopher Eubanks.

Finally Tommy Paul (No.23) faced Emilio Gómez for the final match of the day and although he took the first set in just 29 minutes, for the second set the Ecuadorian9 offered a better battle until a tie break that the American (semifinalist in the last Australian Open), managed to control for a 6-1, (4)6-7 final score in less than two hours. The 25-year-old player will face his compatriot Michael Mmoh this  Wednesday.

Fritz debuts his Top 5 with a victory

  • The American (US) got the upper hand in a serving duel against his compatriot John Isner.
  • Taylor debuted as World No. 5 with a victory

Acapulco, February 27th – It´s never easy to face a compatriot; what better proof of that, was the duel between Taylor Fritz and John Isner in the first round of this open; the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC.

Things started off a bit complicated for the newest No. 5 in the world. Being the first to lose his serve and John Isner taking advantage of that to win the first set 6-3.

As if that wasn’t enough, Fritz had to ask for physio assistance after the first set due to a left leg discomfort. Taylor was clearly looking for solutions thru stretching but still looked uncomfortable on the court.

Both the physio’s assistance and the break after the first set seemed to help Fritz. Improving significantly with his service, and gradually presented more threats in the return, until he got a big break that allowed him to even the scores with another 6-3.

Isner tried to hold on to the possibility of advancing to the next round, but at the most critical moment of the match, he gave up his serve. Taylor became more aggressive on the return and took advantage of Isner´s errors, putting himself in a position to serve for the match.

After saving a break point, Taylor Fritz took the victory with a final score of 3-6, 6-3 and 6-4 to get into the next round of the Open.

More good news for him, since he´ll have a day off before playing for the quarterfinals against Denis Shapovalov.

“It’s exciting to be inside the top 5. Now it’s time to focus more on the tournament and not so much on the ranking. It was great to get through the match and get the win,” said Fritz after his win this afternoon.

AMT 2023 goes to the beach with De Minaur and Altmaier

  • Alex de Minaur (No. 22) and Daniel Altmaier (No. 95) met on the beach to play in the middle of paradise.

Acapulco, February 27th – There are no shortage of activities to take advantage of the scenery in regards to the port of Acapulco during the week of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC. This Monday, when the main draw of the XXX edition of the ATP 500 tournament formally began, two players decided to challenge each other in a hot match in front of the sea, on the beach of Punta Sirena at the Hotel-Resort, “Fermont Pierre Marqués”.

Alex de Minaur, current No. 22 in the world, and German Daniel Altmaier, No. 95, began their week of competition in our country on a mini tennis court set up on the sand. The brief exhibition  was attended by the Mayor of Acapulco, Abelina López and the tournament director and CEO of Mextenis, Álvaro Falla. Along with a team representing the commission of the city’s tourism office.

After the match in which both tennis players laughed at their funny skills on mini tennis, they were able to chat for a few minutes in perfect Spanish since both players speak the language. “We enjoy getting along with all the players, very different from other weeks. For me it’s like being at home, I love the energy, the people, the special treatment, I’m going to spend a lot of time here,” said the German Altmaier. 

While the Australian, de Minaur, who was the opponent of Mexican junior Rodrigo Pacheco, talked about his first challenge “I hope it´ll be a great match, I have seen that he´s playing very well indeed, so it´ll be a tough match, already looking forward to playing, I hope the crowd goes against him, but it will be a very nice atmosphere. I’m very happy to be here in Acapulco.”

Pacheco’s first round match against De Minaur is scheduled for this Tuesday.



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