“Will Win Bigger Tournaments” – Alexander Zverev Comforts Stefanos Tsitsipas After Lifting ATP Mexico Open 2021

Published 03/21/2021, 3:51 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP 500 – Mexican Open – The Fairmont Acapulco Princess, Acapulco, Mexico – March 19, 2021 Germany’s Alexander Zverev reacts during his semi final match against Germany’s Dominik Koepfer REUTERS/Carlos Perez-Gallardo


German tennis player Alexander Zverev took on Greek rival Stefanos Tsitsipas in the finals of the Mexico Open 2021. It was their seventh meeting, and after losing five straight matches against Stefanos, Alexander registered a win. The match lasted for over two hours and ended with a 6-4 7-6 (3) scoreline in the German’s favor. 

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During the match, Alexander Zverev served better than his Greek rival, winning 78% of his first-serve points. On the other hand, Stefanos managed to win only 60% of his first-serve points.

However, neither player lived up to expectations when it came to converting their breakpoints. Stefanos won two out of eight break points he faced, whereas Alexander won only three out of the twelve breakpoints he received. 

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Tennis – ATP 500 – Mexican Open – The Fairmont Acapulco Princess, Acapulco, Mexico – March 17, 2021 Germany’s Alexander Zverev celebrates after winning his second round match against Serbia’s Laslo Djere REUTERS/Carlos Perez-Gallardo

Alexander Zverev fights back to take the opening set

In the opening set, Zverev fought back from being 1-4 down and won five straight games to claim the set. In the following set, Stefanos regrouped and both players engaged in gruesome rallies the entire set. The Greek did save a match point, but eventually, the German player held his nerve to see the match through. 

Zverev won his first title of the season and his first at the ATP Mexico Open 2021. It was also his 14th title on the men’s Tour. Winning this title will boost the German star’s confidence as we move further into the season.

After the match, Zverev told his opponent, “Stefanos, don’t worry. You will win much bigger tournaments than this one.”

Tennis – ATP 500 – Mexican Open – The Fairmont Acapulco Princess, Acapulco, Mexico – March 18, 2021 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in action during his quarter final match against Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime REUTERS/Carlos Perez-Gallardo

In 2019, he made it to the final at the venue but lost to Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios. Although, he did win the doubles event partnering with his brother Mischa Zverev. 

 

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After this event, both Stefanos and Alexander will move towards competing for the first Masters 1000 event of the season. This win today will surely give the German an added advantage. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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