Acapulco witnessed a shock result with the American Sam Querrey beating the Spanish sensation Rafa Nadal, in a physically challenging match 6-3, 7-6(3) in the final of the Mexican Open. Nadal was in fine form throughout the tournament, carrying it from Melbourne. But the result was the same for the Spaniard losing another final the first one to his good friend and rival Roger, the maestro Federer but here things were a little different. Nadal was a sure shot favorite to win gold in Mexico, winning 14 matches straight in Mexico but the American had other things in mind.
Sam had around 19 aces which won him his 9th career title and became the first American to ever win big in Mexico, his first title after 2016. Nadal was the favorite, in form and also on paper but credit should be given where its due Sam was rolling steam as well, beating everyone who came in his way, from David Goffin to Thiem to Nick Kyrgios and in the final the charismatic Rafa Nadal. Nadal had previously won all of his 28 sets he had played in Mexico and I was about to call him the King of Mexico Open after he’s claimed the crown of the clay courts previously, but it was not to be. Nadal was no match for Sam, and I think he won’t be able to become the Rafa Nadal that we used to know, he may show signs of brilliance but that raw brute strength and pace might not be there anymore.
The Spaniard was cruising through the tournament but I think had an easier draw than the American who had to beat top seed competitors right from the beginning. The match started when the first set went for serve for the first six games then Big Sam as I call him, went on a 11 point sprint and secured the break to go 5-3 up and wrapping it up with a forehand swing. We did see some clips of Rafa’s aggression in the second set, but Querrery saved 5 break points, and did it with perfect aces. Rafa’s errors made it even worse and as a good opportunist would have done Sam took advantage by taking 6 games to 3 games lead in the first set. Troubles didn’t end for the Spanish maestro who looks a shadow of the Nadal we knew, losing the second set as well; a long forehand gave the American brute his first victory.
On the Women’s side we witnessed Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko winning her 3rd title, in another upset of some sorts, beating the second seed Kristina of France 6-1, 7-5. The fast paced court might have favored her game, if you want to contact someone for tennis court installation then contact Talbot Tennis.