Australian tennis star, Nick Kyrgios, capped an impressive run in Mexico with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Alexander Zverev in the Acapulco final on Saturday night.
The trophy was his first ATP title in more than a year. The former world number 13, who has slipped to below 50, had spent nine hours on court in his past four matches. But he needed just an hour and half to dispatch the German.
Kyrgios defeated three top 10 players on the way to the title, saving three match points in a second-round victory over world number two, Rafael Nadal, and John Isner in the semi-final.
The world number 72 also beat three-time Grand Slam winner, Stan Wawrinka, in the quarter-finals of a dramatic week that saw him fight off hostile crowds, illness, injuries, as well as a post-match scolding from Nadal.
“I just chucked in a lot of drop shots, tried to keep him guessing, that’s all you can do,” Kyrgios said after his victory.
“He’s super-fit, so he’s going to grind you down so I tried to keep the points short when I could.
“You know, I lack on the physical side a little bit, but today I served well and just played the clutch points pretty well.”
Zverev lost composure after Kyrgios broke him at love in the fourth game of the opening set, then held for a 4-1 lead, prompting the Germany number one to smash his racket in frustration.
Kyrgios broke again to open the second set, but double-faulted on break point in the next game.
The champion then broke Zverev again in the fifth game and held for the rest of the match to capture his first title since he triumphed at home in Brisbane in January 2018.
Zverev urged fans after his defeat to appreciate what they had seen from his victor.
“Really, he’s the one who deserves to win it. He’s the real champion this week,” he stated.