Alexander Zverev wins the Acapulco ATP 500 tournament for the first time in his career and also wins his first title in 2021, beating the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final after a battle lasting over two hours. For the German it is the second victory in 7 previous games against the Greek, it comes after 5 consecutive knockouts in the previous with Zverev who did not even beat him since Washington 2018.
It was a match full of twists and sensational reversals with the German who now arrives in Miami as a major tournament favorite. Fourteenth tournament and the third Atp 500 for the German while the negative tradition continues for Tsitsipas who loses his sixth challenge in as many finals in the Atp 500 tournaments.
Authentic curse for the young Greek talent who in the course of his career has won 4 Atp 250, the NextGen Atp Finals and above all the Atp Finals won in 2019.
Tsitsipas immediately starts strong and breaks in the second game and goes 3-0.
At 4-1 he goes 0-40 and has three chances for the double break that would probably have closed the set: here the game changes, Zverev reacts and resumes this complicated situation, then ringing 5 consecutive games winning the set 6-4.
In the second set Tsitsipas appears shaken and fails to play the tennis of the first minutes, many mistakes and after having saved himself in a couple of occasions Tsitsipas suffers the break in the ninth game. Here returns the usual Zverev who commits 3 double fouls serving for the match, wastes a match point and suffers the counterbreak.
In the following game Tsitsipas cancels six break points in a very long game full of emotions and moves forward at 6-5. In the twelfth game Zverev commits yet another double fault that gives the set point to the Greek, canceled with the service and thus goes to the tiebreak.
Both tennis players play under a lot of tension and consequently the errors increase significantly. Zverev takes advantage of the service and goes 6-2 earning 4 match points. On the second chance the German closes the games and wins an important victory in the Mexican tournament.
Medvedev's words on the Big Three
Despite great results on hard courts, also witnessed by the victory at the last ATP Finals, Daniil still appears far from the Serbian champion in the Slams. Here are his words about it: "Novak Djokovic's record? It is an incredible result and certainly Elo makes him happy.
Seeing how he is playing I am convinced that Nole can reach 400 weeks as number one Atp. It is obvious that we will try to reach him, in the Australian Open final I did almost nothing to beat him, but these things happen in the world of sport.
Nobody will make it easy for you but you will have to earn it all. As for the Big Three it has to be said that their records are insane and I don't think anyone will beat their achievements for 100 years. It's really strange to see things like that in sport and I don't think you can tell them much, you just have to admire them."
Daniil Medvedev is currently engaged in the finals of the ATP tournament in Marseille where he will challenge Pierre-Hugues Herbert and is now on the hunt for his tenth career ATP title. For the Russian now the next step after the Grand Slam finals is to finally win a Grand Slam title.
Roger Federer, after the efforts of the second round with Daniel Evans, fails to break down the resistance of Nikoloz Basilashvili, at the Doha ATP event. He fights with everything that is available, cancels three break points in the heart of the deciding set, in the tenth game he even gets a match point.
At the end of the match, it is an empty pass with the service available at 5-5 that cost the match. He finishes 3-6 6-1 7-5 after just under two hours of play, yes, but it doesn't matter. Federer, who needed to replay, will also be present in Dubai. For the Georgian tennis player this is obviously the most valuable victory in his career.