Querrey Beats Confident Kyrgios, Then Nadal for ATP Acapulco Title
by Staff | March 5th, 2017, 11:10 pm
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When contentious Aussie Nick Kyrgios beat former No. 1 Novak Djokovic in their career-first meeting in the Mexican Open quarterfinals, then dissed American Sam Querrey, it could have been the beginning of the end.


Kyrgios beat Djokovic, then was asked to assess his semifinal with Querrey, who he had beaten in his only career meeting, saying to paraphrase: ‘American, big serve, I’ve seen that before.’

Querrey beat Kyrgios in the semifinals, then topped former No. 1 Rafael Nadal 6-3, 7-6(6) in the Sunday final in Acapulco to become the first American champion in the tournament’s 25-year history to raise the trophy at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel.

“It’s just one of those weeks where I got in the zone and everything was working for me,” Querrey said. “I hope I can have more like this.”

It was Querrey’s first win over Nadal in five matches for his ninth career title, and he will climb to the edge of entering the Top 25 again.

“My forehand and backhand were great and my serve bailed me out of trouble when I needed it,” Querrey said. “I felt like I had a lot of support throughout the week and everyone has been so kind. It’s been a pleasure to play here.”

Nadal fell to 0-2 in 2017 finals.

“He played very well, almost reaching perfection,” said Nadal. “I played under a lot of pressure because of his serve and baseline game. He left me with very few options, and the few I had he also played good. I have to congratulate him. I’m also very happy with my week and my game.”

Querrey is 9-7 in career finals, winning his first title since 2016 Delray Beach, and his second title in the last five years.


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5 Comments for Querrey Beats Confident Kyrgios, Then Nadal for ATP Acapulco Title

SG1 Says:

“American, Big Serve….” and out ya’ went Nick. Querrey has nine titles and has now played in 16 finals. He may not be a solid to 10′er but he’s more than a journeyman player. With his weapons, he can be very dangerous when he gets hot. I’m actually surprised he hasn’t done a little better. He has a better ground game than Isner even if his serve isn’t quite as effective. American players today tend to struggle a lot with their returns. And then there’s a guy like Donald Young who has the tools but just isn’t a big enough guy hurt anyone with his game. Over the past 40 years, the US has produced some incredible players. I guess they’re just in the down cycle right now. Also, it’s going to take time for US coaching to adapt to the game of today which is won from the baseline with intelligence and nuance rather than with brute force.


skeezer Says:

SG1
Don’t know if you knew ( but then you probably do ) Isner/Querry were Beasts in Doubles in College. The Two Towers: Serve, boom, game over.
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“.. it’s going to take time for US coaching to adapt to the game of today which is won from the baseline with intelligence and nuance rather than with brute force.”
Yep!


the_mind_reels Says:

@SG1: very much agree about Querrey. The guy has battled injuries for parts of his career, which I think explains (at least in part) why he hasn’t achieved as much as he could. He very nearly had to quit tennis after slicing his forearm open when he fell through a glass table.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

The big news is Rafa has made finals in his first two tourneys, on hard courts, after a major injury layoff. If he can escape Miami healthy, we might see a return of Full-on Clay Monster. Imagine, Rafa may have better odds than Novak of making the finals. will Murray be on the other side?


Laver Rules Says:

I believe both nadal and nole will give it their best for about a year and then hang around for another year and then call it a day and will face the same fate as detailed in this article http://www.138mph.com/will-djokovic-ever-rise-again/

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