A terrific Acapulco final between Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas turned out to be a terrific match as the German prevailed 6-4, 7-6(3) to win his 14th career ATP title.
Zverev never dropped a set in the event winning both his semi and final by the same scoreline. It was just his second win over the Greek in seven tries.
“I’ve always said that this is definitely a tournament that I wanted to win in my career,” Zverev said. “I have a very strong relationship with Mexico and with this tournament. I came here with a goal and I achieved it, and I’m very happy with that.”
Tsitsipas was up early with a break lead 4-1 with break chances to go up 5-1. But Zverev fought back winning five straight games to take the first.
After failing to serve it out, he then saved a set point in the second to a avoid a decider and wrap up the 2 hour, 19 minute match in straights.
“In the beginning I started off extremely bad, I thought I didn’t play well at all,” Zverev said. “I had to fight my way into the match, and I did well to win the first set. In the second set, when I have a chance I need to close it out against these top players because normally they won’t give you a second chance. I thought I played extremely well in the tie-break, I’m happy with how it went.”
Tsitsipas, who was making his tournament debut, drops to 5-8 career in finals.
“I take this week very positively,” said Tsitsipas. “I think it is great being able to play at such an intensity and level. I was very close once again to clinch and get that title, but it wasn’t meant to be… I played well.”
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