German tennis star Alexander Zverev revealed that winning Acapulco was something that he definitely wanted to achieve. Zverev, ranked at No. 7 in the world, handed a 6-4 7-6 (3) loss to top-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Acapulco final to lift his maiden Acapulco title.
In 2019, Zverev made his first Acapulco final before losing to Australian Nick Kyrgios. “I’ve always said that this is definitely a tournament that I want to win in my career,” Zverev said in his post-match press conference, per the ATP website.
“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, ranked at No. 5 in the world, was aiming to lift his first title of the season.
“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”.
Zverev delivered in key moments
Zverev started the match slowly, having lost the opening three games of the match. After falling 4-1 down to Tsitsipas, Zverev claimed back-to-back breaks and won five games in a row to steal the opener.
Zverev failed to serve out for the match in the 10th game of the second set but converted his third match point in the tie-break to seal the title. “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”.