Thursday, December 12, 2019

Nick Kyrgios tops stellar week with Zverev win in Mexico Open final


Nick Kyrgios has earned himself half-a-million dollars, a convenient rankings boost as well as a sombrero for crowning a glorious week in Acapulco together with the fifth ATP title of his career.

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The enigmatic Australian brought world No 3 Alexander Zverev crashing back in earth by having an emphatic 6-3, 6-4 victory on the German in Sunday’s Mexican Open final.

Second-seeded Zverev hadn’t dropped a pair en route to one more, but couldn’t win any against Kyrgios, that will regain his invest by far the top 50 after hoisting his first trophy in almost 14 months.

Zverev is Kyrgios’s fourth big scalp in six days after he also recorded wins over Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and John Isner to help make the title match.

“Well performed on Nick – he beat three top-10 players and Stan, who’s a good slam champion. To beat four players such as that within a 500 (series) event, you should really do the champion,” said a gracious Zverev.

“He’s the one who should win the tournament soon.”

The two combatants had split their previous six encounters but, clashing in my ballet shoes inside a final, Kyrgios broke Zverev at the beginning of both sets.

After pocketing the outlet set, and breaking Zverev inside the first game of the second, Kyrgios briefly lost focus to gift the German a foothold in the match.

From 30-love up, Kyrgios berated himself for double-faulting on break point down as Zverev looked to get assuming momentum.

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Zverev conjured two more break points with Kyrgios serving at 1-2 but, after surviving, Kyrgios continued to frustrate Zverev having a few well-disguised drop shots within the back from the court.

In breaking Zverev from 40-love up, Kyrgios also broke the other seed’s spirit since he forged ahead 4-2.

There had not been way back as Kyrgios sealed victory in a single hour and 30 minutes, ensuring an increase from No 72 to No 43 in Monday’s rankings, to never be mention a $US367,630 ($A519,000) cheque, a specialized trophy or a sombrero.

“This is an amazing tournament. I loved it a couple of years ago and possess some crazy memories here,” said Kyrgios, who also scored his first win over world 1 Novak Djokovic in 2019 in Acapulco.

Meanwhile, Kyrgios’s countryman Alex de Minaur, who fell for Zverev in the quarter-finals, will climb to some career-high No 23 on the planet after his run in Mexico.

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