Not even an earthquake could stop Alexander Zverev in his semi-final on Friday night at HSBC’s Abierto Mexicano Telcel porado show.
With Dominik Koepfer serving at 40/15 in the first game of the second set, there were tremors that shook the stadium. It became the magnitude 5.7 earthquake in the state of Guerrero, according to the United States Geological Survey.
“I didn’t know what happened. Neither did Dominik. We just heard the crowd. I believe the lights started to crack and the crowd felt more than we did. We were running around the court, so we had to play a point during the earthquake, ”said Zverev. “We didn’t feel much, but I still really know it’s happening here in Acapulco. I’ve seen it here before, so I believe it’s normal for Acapulco.
“Last year we had the same thing during my game or during my practice. I do not remember. It was bigger though, because I saw the lights flicker. I didn’t see anything today. But I believe it will happen in this area. Everything is guaranteed to be stable … I hope everyone is fine in the area closest to the quake. ”
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Zverev eventually went with a break in the second set, but in the end the quake did not exist at all. World No. 7 defeated his countryman 6-4, 7-6 (5).
Players who were off the court felt the quake to a greater extent. Ken Skupski and Neal Skupski recently won the semi-finals against Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury. Neal was just laid down on the massage table when the quake hit.
“It was very strange, that is,” said Neal. “I really thought it was a massage, because the bed was shaking. I just thought it was normal. Then an alarm went off on his phone and that’s when I thought, ‘This is something weird. Then he said, ‘We are going out because of an earthquake. ‘I couldn’t get my clothes on fast enough to get out of the building.
“I do [experienced] one previously in Italy all night, but not as big as that one. Quite weird and I don’t want to be in one of them again. ”
Earthquake in Acapulco! Wow that felt weird
– Neal Skupski (@nealskupski) March 20, 2021
Ken was waiting to get a massage himself, sitting next to one of his opponents in Saturday’s final, Horacio Zeballos.
“It didn’t last that long, but it was long enough to look at each other and realize it didn’t seem right. There are one or two people working here who also said, ‘That’s an earthquake,’ ”Ken said. “It got bigger and bigger. It only lasted five seconds, but it was enough to feel like the whole building was shaking… It was enough to free you, because I never experienced it. I hope this is the only one they will have here because of course there are fears of bigger and stronger ones in the hours or days ahead. ”
First ATP 500 final ✅
First earthquake ✅
– Ken Skupski @ (@k_skupski) March 20, 2021