The duel between the 17-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz placeholder image and german Alexander Zverev, seventh in the ATP ranking, will be one of the attractions of the first round of the Acapulco ATP that will start this Monday in the Mexican Pacific.
Considered one of the promises of tennis, Alcaraz goes through a period of training at the hands of the former world number one Juan Carlos Ferrero placeholder image, who boasts the youngster’s slowness to play on all surfaces and the ability to quickly grasp the teachings.
In his first appearance in Acapulco, via ‘wild card’, the Murcian will face the finalist of the US Open 2020, one of the most visible faces of the generation that struggles to take command of the circuit, although it has not yet achieved it due to the presence of the Swiss Roger Federer, the Spanish Rafael Nadal and the serbian Novak Djokovic.
Zverev is a favorite, but he will have to show his best tennis to a hungry opponent, who at his young age has announced that his long-term goal is to be number one in the world.
The Open, best ATP 500 three times, is endowed with a prize pool of $ 1,204,960 and will be played at the Acapulco resort on a hard court.
In addition to Zverev, there will be two other of the 10 best of the circuit, the Greek Stefanos Tsipsipas, fifth, who will start against the French Benoit paire, 29th racket in the world, and the Argentine Diego schwartzman, ninth, who will start against a rival from the ‘qualy.
Schwartzman just won Buenos Aires and is a candidate for the title. Placed as third seed, if he wins he will have a tough duel against the best of the South African Kevin Anderson and the american Frances Tiafoe.
Anderson, a finalist in Acapulco in 2014 and 2018, is back recovered from injuries and will star in a high-level match against a Tiafoe who is part of the group of ‘millennials’ who are demanding to prevail on the circuit.
In other flashy debut duels, the Canadian Milos raonic, fourth seed, will face the American Tommy Paul, the Bulgarian Grigor dimitrov to the French Adrian Mannarino, the Spanish Feliciano Lopez the Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic and the Colombian Daniel Galán against the Norwegian Casper Ruud.
The Acapulco tournament was one of the few that passed quietly in 2020; For a few hours he escaped the restrictions due to COVID-19, decreed a pandemic shortly after the end of the contest, won by Rafa Nadal. Nadal defeated American Taylor Fritz 6-3, 6-2 and added his third triumph in Acapulco, one less than his compatriot David Ferrer and Austrian Thomas Muster, top winners.
The final will be played next Saturday, March 20.