Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev will be black out for the ATP title at Acapulco, the top two seed coming up with semi-final winners of a set just Friday. World number five Greek Tsitsipas defeated Italian player Lorenzo Musetti 6-1, 6-3 to reach his first final of 2021. Zverev was shaken but not moved by a tremor. landed in the second set of the 6-4, 7-6 (his 7) / 5) victory over another German Dominik Koepfer. “The lights started to vibrate and the crowd felt more than we did,” Zverev said of the 5.7 magnitude earthquake with a center line 60 km away in San Marcos.
“We were running around the court, so we had to play a point at the time of the earthquake,” he said. “We didn’t feel much, but still, of course, I know it’s happening here in Acapulco.”
Koepfer, without a surface, grabbed the first break of the second set to take a 3-1 lead.
But Zverev, who is seventh in the world, kept the pressure on him, creating resting chances in each of Koepfer’s three service games and turning at 5-4 for a break that would have taken the tiebreaker .
Zverev will be looking for a 14th ATP title and the first of the year when he captures Tsitsipas, a five-time ATP title winner who played in his third semi-final of the year after the four-pointer final at the Australian and Rotterdam Open.
“I’m really looking forward to the final,” said Tsitsipas, who has won five of six wins for Germany before. “Sascha is someone I’ve played with before. this and it is never easy. We are both very hungry and we are both very competitive. “
Tsitsipas needed just 79 minutes to complete Musetti’s run at level 120, the No. 120 world who had reached his second career semi-final in just his fourth ATP main show.
He went through the first set, but didn’t get a chance to rest in the second until the seventh game, when he broke up against his 19-year-old Italian in love.
Serving to stay in the game two games later, Musetti waited three break points before Tsitsipas collected the final win when the Italian hit a backhand into the net. .
“We will definitely see a lot from Lorenzo in the future, he has an amazing handball and will create a lot of chances,” said Tsitsipas. “He showed his level this week.”
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