Late Night Finish In Acapulco Rewards Defending Champ Zverev – Tennis TourTalk

ACAPULCO/WASHINGTON, February 22, 2022 (by Michael Dickens)

The ATP Tour has returned to Mexico with a big splash – and all-night tennis, too!

The Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC, an ATP 500 outdoor hard-court event in its 29th edition in Acapulco, is taking place at a new venue. The Arena GNP Seguros includes six courts and a stadium with seating for more than 1…….

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ACAPULCO/WASHINGTON, February 22, 2022 (by Michael Dickens)

The ATP Tour has returned to Mexico with a big splash – and all-night tennis, too!

The Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC, an ATP 500 outdoor hard-court event in its 29th edition in Acapulco, is taking place at a new venue. The Arena GNP Seguros includes six courts and a stadium with seating for more than 10,000 fans. Certainly, tennis fans got their money’s worth on opening night with three straight three-hours-plus matches on Estadio.

On Monday night – and into early Tuesday morning – as the tournament’s main draw unfolded under clear skies and 84-degree Fahrenheit temperatures, it boasted 11 of the Top 25 players in the ATP rankings and four of the Top 5: No. 2 Daniil Medvedev; No. 3 Alexander Zverev, the defending champion; No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas, last year’s finalist; and No. 5 Rafael Nadal, the three-time (2005, 2013, 2020) champion of the event.

While World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is finally beginning his 2022 season in Dubai this week 10 time zones away, the best of the rest is in Acapulco, a beach resort town on Mexico’s Pacific coast that is set on a large bay backed by high-rises and the Sierra Madre del Sur mountains. It’s a tournament characterized by it’s evening and night-time tennis to combat the warm daytime temperatures.

Monday evening’s opening night featured seven matches, none bigger than No. 2 seed Zverev against No. 47 Jenson Brooksby, who two weeks ago was a finalist at the Dallas Open. Zverev came in leading the head-to-head series 1-0 and after it was over – not until 4:55 a.m. local time after three hours and 20 minutes – the German prevailed with a come-from-behind 3-6, 7-6 (10), 6-2 victory.

The second set alone lasted an hour and 52 minutes. Brooksby had match points during the second set tie-break at 6-5 and 10-9 and wasn’t able to convert either of them. Instead, Zverev won the last three points of the tie-break and went on to break Brooksby twice in the final set, in the third and seventh games, and closed out the victory on his first match point opportunity. The two tired but proud combatants shook hands at the net and as Zverev awaited his post-match interview, Brooksby received a standing ovation as he left the court.

“Right now I’m happy that I won,” a tired but relieved Zverev said. “I don’t know how Jenson feels, but it must be difficult. I’m happy to be a part of history. It was an incredible battle, I think it was an incredible match, and hopefully [there are] many more to come from me this week.

“Today I didn’t play my best, there’s no doubt about it, but …….

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