ACAPULCO, March 3, 2019
Nick Kyrgios clinches his fifth ATP Tour career title at the Abierto Mexicano TELCEL presentado por HSBC. The World No. 72 from Australia defeated No. 2 seeded German Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-4 in Saturday’s singles final.
Kygios, who saved three match points in his second round win over top seed Rafael Nadal, converted three of his five break point chances to seal victory in one hour and 30 minutes.
NK Rise and SHINE! 😇
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“It’s an amazing feeling. I didn’t expect much at all today. I knew I was the underdog going in and that he’s playing great tennis,” said Kyrgios. “He’s an incredible player and doesn’t have many weaknesses, so I knew I had to play my style of tennis. I’m really happy with the performance.”
Kyrgios had three Top 10 wins during the week beating World No. 2 Nadal, World No.9 John Isner in the semi-finals and World No.3 Alexander Zverev in the final, which have marked his first Top 10 wins since January 2018.
“It’s hopefully an example for people who are struggling and getting in some places you don’t think you can get out of. If I can do it, you can do it,” said Kyrgios. “I was really down and out and didn’t know what I was going to do, but you have a week like this and things can change.”
Second team title for Zverev Bros.
Later in the evening, Alexander Zverev was back on court teaming up with his brother Mischa to win the doubles trophies. The German siblings beat Austin Krajicek from the United States and Artem Sitak of New Zealand 2-6, 7-6(4), 10-5. The encounter lasted one hour and 30 minutes.
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The Zverev brothers earn 500 ATP Doubles Ranking points and split $115,510 in prize money. Krajicek and Sitak receive 300 points and share $56,540.