They left no room for surprises. The Acapulco ATP 500 defined its two finalists: the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (World No. 5) defeated the surprise of the contest, the Italian Lorenzo Musetti (120 °), and the Germans duel took him Alexander Zverev (7th) vs. Dominik Koepfer (71st) in the semifinals on Friday.
The Next Gen every time he asks for more court in the world tennis elite. Tsitsipas, 22, beat Musetti, 19, 6-1, 6-3, confirming his clear favoritism. The Greek dominated with his versatile version, attacking and thus slowing the march of the talented Italian, who looked tired after reaching the semifinals at the ATP level for the first time, in the first tournament to win matches on hard courts.
Tsitsipas showed his hierarchy and thus advanced to his final No. 13 in the major circuit, the first in six months, since another ATP 500 category fell in the Hamburg definition, on clay. So far, he has already won five tournaments on the big circuit.
For his part, in the first semifinal on Mexican soil, the youngest of the Zverev brothers, Alexander, winner of 13 ATP titles, contained his compatriot Koepfer, 26, who was seeking his first final on the ATP Tour. It was a tight victory in two sets, with a score of 6-4 and 7-6 (5) for the 23-year-old right-hander.
Zverev started very well, firm from the base, serving and attacking the left-hander with his right, but he was broken down in the second chapter and it was thought that the fight would extend to the third set. The break in the ninth game was decisive for the development and he played the tiebreak with more skill to go to his final No. 23, the first since he lost the Masters 1000 in Paris 2020.
The most particular thing about that semifinal was that both Germans looked serious, then smiled when they noticed a tremor in the Acapulco stadium, at the start of the second set. It is that there was an earthquake in the city and it was felt within the framework of the tournament, in the stands, which disturbed everyone, the public included. Finally nothing serious happened and the meeting continued.
Thus, Tsitsipas, the top seed, and Zverev, the second seeded, won without giving up a set and were cited in Saturday’s definition, in Mexican territory, which serves as a prelude to the Miami Masters 1000.