No spam ever. Unsubscribe in one click. By submitting your email address, you indicate your consent to receiving email marketing messages from us.

Alexander Zverev vs Juan Martin del Potro Abierto Mexicano Telcel tennis live: Top 10 stars Zverev and del Potro duel for Acapulco final spot

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 2 Mar 2018
  • Alexander Zverev vs Juan Martin del Potro is live from Acapulco not before 10.00pm local time on Friday (4.00am GMT, Saturday)
  • Del Potro won their only previous encounter in three sets in Shanghai last year
Alexander Zverev (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

Juan Martin del Potro faces a fellow top 10 player for the second straight match as he tries to back up his quarter-final win over Dominic Thiem when he faces Alexander Zverev for a spot in the Abierto Mexicano Telcel final in Acapulco on Friday night.





Another marquee match-up awaits at the ATP 500 Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco on Friday night as second seed Alexander Zverev takes on sixth seed Juan Martin del Potro. While the field in Dubai boasted just one top 20 player from the second round onwards, three members of the top 10 are present in the Acapulco semi-finals, with the winner of Zverev and del Potro to meet the winner of Kevin Anderson and Jared Donaldson in the title match. Del Potro won their only previous encounter in a three-set nail-biter in Shanghai last season - will Zverev turn the tables, or can the Argentine prevail again? Zverev and del Potro take to court not before 10.00pm local time on Friday (4.00am GMT, Saturday).

Zverev hasn’t been playing his best tennis for the better part of the last five months now - and he still hasn’t found his top level in Acapulco, but the young German has nevertheless managed to navigate himself into a first semi-final of the season without dropping a set. Zverev started off with a 6-3 7-5 win over lucky loser Mackenzie McDonald and backed that up with a 7-6(6) 6-3 victory over Davis Cup teammate Peter Gojowczyk, saving three set points in the opener in the process. Zverev raised his level slightly in his dominant 6-4 6-1 quarter-final triumph over Ryan Harrison, but to be honest, the easy scoreline was more due to the American’s poor play than Zverev’s own lights out tennis - although the 20-year-old is drawing confidence from the performance.

“I was very happy with how I played,” Zverev said. “I'm starting to play very well again, and that's all that matters for me.”


Zverev is attempting to re-discover the sort of blistering form that saw him collect five titles during a swashbuckling 2017 season, including his first two ATP Masters 1000 trophies in Rome (def. Djokovic) and Montreal (def. Federer), along with an ATP 500 crown in Washington D.C and a pair of ATP 250 titles in Montpellier and Munich. Zverev also compiled seven top 10 wins during 2017, but he didn’t play well at the Grand Slams, with his confidence taking a big hit at the end of the year - and that translated over to the beginning of 2018, with Zverev winning just three matches before arriving in Acapulco, losing in the third round of the Australian Open (6-0 in the fifth to Chung) and the second round of Rotterdam to Andreas Seppi.

Juan Matin del Potro (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)
Meanwhile, del Potro will be gunning for his second victory over a Zverev family member this week after cruising past elder brother Mischa 6-1 6-2 in his opening round before a gruelling and energy-sapping three-set triumph over four-time Acapulco champion David Ferrer. Del Potro didn’t showcase any signs of fatigue in the first set of his quarter-final duel with Thiem, racing through it 6-2, but he was made to work much harder in the second, with the Austrian breaking back as del Potro served for the match at 5-4. Thiem found himself with three set points in the ensuing tiebreak, but he couldn’t convert, with del Potro sealing the 6-2 7-6(7) win as the 2016 Acapulco champion double faulted on match point.

It was a confidence-boosting first top 10 win of the season for del Potro, who’s current rise back into the top 10 can be traced back to his famous U.S. Open victory over Thiem, where he came back from two sets and two match points down to prevail in five, beat Roger Federer in the next round and advance all the way to the semi-finals, eventually succumbing to eventual champion Rafael Nadal. Del Potro would ride that momentum all the way to the end of 2017, successfully defending his Stockholm title, reaching the Shanghai Rolex Masters semi-finals, finishing runner-up in Basel and making the Paris Masters quarter-finals.

Del Potro’s great form continued into his first tournament of 2018 as he made the final of the ASB Classic in Auckland, but he was defeated by Roberto Bautista Agut in a thrilling and high-quality three-set duel. A slump of sorts followed for the ‘Tower of Tandil’, with del Potro losing easily to Tomas Berdych in the third round of the Australian Open, while he was conquered by rising star Frances Tiafoe in the second round of Delray Beach last week.

However, del Potro is back to winning ways in Acapulco, and he’ll go for a second straight top 10 win on Friday against Zverev. It’s an interesting contest - del Potro appears a little tired and fatigued judging by the closing stages of the Thiem win, but then again, he looks like that a lot. Zverev is still chasing his best tennis, but his confidence is building with every match this week. For me, Zverev needs a big win and a better performance to convince me he’s back playing at a top 10 level, while we know del Potro has been doing that consistently over the last six months or so. I’ll lean with del Potro to repeat his three-set win over Zverev in Shanghai and prevail in another thriller.


Share this with your friends

To:
From:
Your comments:

Alexander Zverev vs Juan Martin del Potro Abierto Mexicano Telcel tennis live: Top 10 stars Zverev and del Potro duel for Acapulco final spot

Juan Martin del Potro faces a fellow top 10 player for the second straight match as he tries to back up his quarter-final win over Dominic Thiem when he faces Alexander Zverev for a spot in the Abierto Mexicano Telcel final in Acapulco on Friday night.

Read more »

You have unread messages

You have unread messages