German tennis star Alexander Zverev was “quite happy” with his first round performance in Acapulco as he insisted that rising star Carlos Alcaraz wasn’t an easy opponent to play.
Zverev, seeded at No. 2, stormed past wildcard Alcaraz as he won 6-3 6-1 to safely progress into the next round.
Alcaraz saved four break points in the opening game of the match, before claiming the first break of the match in the second game.
However, his lead was short-lived as Zverev responded with three quick breaks to win the opener.
The two players were then tied at 1-1 in the second set before Zverev earned back-to-back breaks and won five games in a row to seal the win.
“He started off playing extremely well, he didn’t miss a lot of balls. Then I felt more comfortable on court, this is the first round,” Zverev said, per the ATP website. “It’s not always easy to play a first round, especially against a player like this, who is very young, who is very motivated and who wants to compete. I’m actually quite happy with how the match went.”
Felix Auger-Aliassime joins Zverev in the round-of-16
No. 7 seed Auger-Aliassime defeated American Tennys Sandgren 6-3 7-6 (8) to make the last-16 at the Mexican ATP 500 event.
Auger-Aliassime blew an early first set break but broke Sandgren once again in the eighth game to win the opener.
Auger-Aliassime then realized his sixth match point in the second set tie-break to escape with a straight-set win.
“For sure it’s a relief. I was playing great overall this match. I got broken once, missed a few forehands in the first set, but overall it was a great match until I got myself serving for the match and the nerves kicked in,” Auger-Aliassime said in an on-court interview. “It was kind of weird, I didn’t expect that to happen at all, I felt good. Sometimes you’ve just got to accept what’s happening and deal with the outcome.”