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Kyrgios beats Zverev in straight sets to win Acapulco title

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 3 Mar 2019
  • Kyrgios wins fifth ATP title in Acapulco
  • The Aussie beat Seppi, Nadal, Wawrinka, Isner and Zverev on his way to the title
  • Kyrgios set to rise 41 spots to No. 31 in the new ATP rankings
Nick Kyrgios with the Acapulco trophy (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

Nick Kyrgios has completed arguably the best week of his career, beating Alexander Zverev in straight sets to win the ATP 500 Abierto Mexicano Telcel title in Acapulco on Saturday night.

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After beating Andreas Seppi, Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and John Isner to secure his spot in the final, Kyrgios saved some of his best tennis for the showpiece event, conquering World No. 3 Zverev by a 6-3 6-4 scoreline to secure his fifth ATP title and second 500-level crown.

It’s the first time Kyrgios has defeated two top three players in the same week, with the Australian backing up his huge victory over World No. 2 Nadal in the second round by surging all the way to his first piece of silverware for the season.

Overcoming a punishing week that saw Kyrgios deal with food poisoning, injuries, cramps, cuts to his hand, 2.00am finishes and jeering from a boisterous Mexican crowd, the 23-year-old is set to rise to around No. 31 when the new rankings are released on Monday, which would see him seeded for the Indian Wells Masters after starting the week outside the top 70.

While he has been serving out of a tree all week, it was on return where Kyrgios impressed on Saturday night, breaking Zverev on three occasions and saving seven out of eight break points behind his own delivery in the 90-minute masterclass.

Kyrgios receives the champion's traditional Acapulco sombrero (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)
However, despite his ability to dig out multiple breaks, Kyrgios was still forced to work extremely hard in the majority of his service games as he went about his mission to close out the win.

Zverev won 17/27 points on the Kyrgios second serve, but the Australian was able to raise his level in the crucial moments, survive the pressure points and fight his way to a memorable triumph.

Kyrgios conjured up the first break of the match in the fourth game to move ahead 3-1 in the opening set, and after missing two break back chances in the following game, Zverev proceeded to obliterate his racquet, breaking it with his foot before continuously smashing it on the ground during the change of ends. Kyrgios would go on to stage two more mini-comebacks to close out the set, saving three break points for 5-2 before recovering from 0-30 down to take the opening set with a forehand winner.

Kyrgios threatened to run away with the match as he broke in the opening game of the second, but Zverev wasn’t about to go down without a fight, with the German promptly breaking back and immediately levelling the scores after the Australian double faulted, missed an easy forehand and attempted a couple of ill-timed drop shots. Zverev sensed his moment to strike and upped the intensity as he came close to securing a second straight break, but this time the drop shot bailed Kyrgios out of trouble as he saved two break points for 2-2.

The following game was ultimately the match-defining one, with Kyrgios coming back from 40-0 down on Zverev’s serve to win five consecutive points to break, while he again battled his way out of trouble as he attempted to consolidate, recovering from 15-40 on serve to win four points on the bounce for 4-2. Zverev did his best to bulldoze his way back into the contest, but Kyrgios improved his first serve percentage in his final two service games and didn’t face a break point, sealing his first ATP title in 14 months with one more booming serve up the tee.


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Kyrgios beats Zverev in straight sets to win Acapulco title

Nick Kyrgios has completed arguably the best week of his career, beating Alexander Zverev in straight sets to win the ATP 500 Abierto Mexicano Telcel title in Acapulco on Saturday night.

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