The first Grand Slam of the season ended last weekend with a rather predictable outcome. Novak Djokovic won his eighth Australian Open title, defeating Dominic Thiem in the final. Players will now focus on the ATP circuit tournaments as they seek to accumulate ranking points and possibly win a title. One event that has been a favorite for many players in the past is the ATP 500 tournament in Acapulco, Mexico. Apart from the world number two, Matteo Berrettini, Stan Wawrinka, John Isner, Felix Auger-Aliassime, and Milos Raonic will play in Mexico.
Acapulco a popular tournament with players
Players have voted Acapulco as the best tournament of the year on three occasions. The event received the honor in 2007, 2017, and 2019. Last year, the competition had a record attendance with over 55,000 fans attending. The ATP 500 event takes place at the Acapulco Princess Mundo Imperial which switched from a clay surface to blue hard courts in 2014. Acapulco attracts the biggest stars in tennis. In 2017, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic headlined the event.
Nadal headlines this year’s tournament
This year’s tournament will be just as exciting, with Nadal being the biggest star in the competition. The Spaniard lost his number one spot to Djokovic after the Australian Open. A semifinal appearance in Australia would have been enough for him to retain the position but Thiem knocked him out in the quarterfinals. The 33-year-old has won the Mexico tournament twice, in 2005 and 2013.
Raonic’s debut at Acapulco
Raonic will be making his debut at the event. The 29-year-old had a strong showing in Australia and reached the quarterfinal stage. He defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas and Marin Cilic before losing to Djokovic.
The Canadian player showed glimpses of the form that catapulted him to the world number three ranking in 2016. However, injuries have hampered his career as he has missed time recovering from different surgeries over the years. His last ATP singles title win was in 2016 in Brisbane. His form at the Australian Open should make him a dark horse to win the title in Mexico. Last year’s finalists, Alexander Zverev and Nick Kyrgios will also play in Acapulco. Kyrgios is the defending champion after he defeated the German player. The 24-year-old had a good run at the Australian Open where he reached the fourth round but lost to Nadal in a tight match. He returned to the top 20 in the rankings this week. The Abierto Mexicano Telcel, sponsored by HSBC, will take place from 24th to 29th February.
Milos Raonic’s ranking and performance in 2020
At the moment ranked no.32, the Canadian played his last match on the 28th of January when he was overcome by Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-3 7-61 in the quarter of the Australian Open.
Rafael Nadal’s ranking and performance in 2020
At the moment ranked no.2, the Spaniard played his last match on the 29th of January when he surrendered to Dominic Thiem 7-63 7-64 4-6 7-66 in the quarter of the Australian Open.
Rafael Nadal’s most significant result of this season was getting to the final in in ATP Cup.
Milos Raonic and Rafael Nadal played each other 9 times. The head to head is 7-2 for Nadal.
The last time that they played, Rafael Nadal won 6-4 7-67 6-4 in the quarter in Melbourne (Australian Open) in January 2017.
Alexander Zverev’s ranking and performance in 2020
Ranked no.7, Alexander played his last match on the 31st of January when he had to surrender to Dominic Thiem 3-6 6-4 7-63 7-64 in the semifinal of the Australian Open.
Alexander Zverev’s most significant result of the present year was getting to the semi-finals at the Australian Open.
Nick Kyrgios’s ranking and performance in 2020
At the moment ranked no.20, Nick played his last match on the 27th of January when he lost to Rafael Nadal 6-3 3-6 7-66 7-64 in the 4th round of the Australian Open.
Nick Kyrgios’s most significant result of the current year was getting to the semi-finals in in ATP Cup.
Alexander Zverev and Nick Kyrgios played each other 7 times. The head to head is 4-3 for Kyrgios.
The last time that they played, Nick Kyrgios won 6-3 6-4 in the final in Acapulco (Abierto Mexicano Telcel) in March 2019.
Milos Raonic, Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev and Nick Kyrgios
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