Stefanos Tsitsipas. (Getty Photos)
Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev will duel for the ATP title in Acapulco, the head two seeds advancing with straight-home semi-closing wins on Friday.
World number 5 Tsitsipas of Greece beat Italian qualifier Lorenzo Musetti 6-1, 6-3 to prevail in his first closing of 2021.
Zverev was once shaken but not afraid by an earthquake within the 2nd home of his 6-4, 7-6 (7/5) victory over fellow German Dominik Koepfer.
“The lights started shaking and the personnel felt it bigger than we did,” Zverev said of the 5.7 magnitude quake with an epicenter 60 km away in San Marcos.
“We had been running around the court docket, so we had to play some extent throughout the earthquake,” he added. “We did not no doubt feel grand, but mute, clearly, I understand it happens right here in Acapulco.”
Koepfer, unfazed, seized the first atomize of the 2nd home to exhaust a 3-1 lead.
Nonetheless Zverev, ranked seventh on this planet, saved the stress on, creating atomize probabilities in each and every of Koepfer’s subsequent three carrier video games and converting at 5-4 for a atomize that would power the tiebreaker.
Zverev will almost definitely be searching for a 14th ATP title and his first of the yr when he takes on Tsitsipas, a 5-time ATP title winner who was once taking part in in his third semi-closing of the yr after making the closing four at the Australian Beginning and Rotterdam.
“I am no doubt taking a glimpse ahead to the closing,” said Tsitsipas, who has won 5 of six prior encounters with the German. “Sascha is any individual I’ve performed against within the previous and it be never straightforward. We’re each and every no doubt hungry and we’re each and every very aggressive.”
Tsitsipas wanted well matched 79 minutes to total the mosey of 120th-ranked Musetti, the arena number 120 who had reached his 2nd profession semi-closing in barely his fourth ATP main draw look.
He stormed thru the first home, but did not win a atomize likelihood within the 2nd until the seventh recreation, when he broke his 19-yr-extinct Italian opponent at like.
Serving to discontinuance within the match two video games later, Musetti fended off three atomize capabilities earlier than Tsitsipas in some way mute the capture when the Italian hit a backhand into the accumulate.
“We will positively uncover a few lot from Lorenzo within the future, he has a amazing one handed backhand and creates a total bunch alternatives,” Tsitsipas said. “He confirmed his level this week.”
Results on Friday within the ATP tournament at Acapulco, Mexico (x-denotes seeded player):
Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE x1) bt Lorenzo Musetti (ITA) 6-1, 6-3
Alexander Zverev (GER x2) bt Dominik Koepfer (GER) 6-4, 7-6 (7/5)