World number three Alexander Zverev was below his best in succumbing to the mercurial Nick Kyrgios in the Mexican Open final.
Nick Kyrgios surprised Alexander Zverev 6-3 6-4 on Saturday to win the Mexican Open final and secure his first ATP Tour title since January 2018.
The talented but inconsistent Australian had slipped from a high of 13 to sit outside the world’s top 50, but he will climb back to 31st after upsetting the world number three in straight sets in Acapulco.
Kyrgios held serve throughout the opening set of the decider on outdoor hard courts, saving three break points and breaking his German opponent once to take the initiative.
Zverev gave up another break in the opening game of the second set, and although the 21-year-old broke straight back, he surrendered his serve again in the fifth game.
Kyrgios proved dogged in defending his own serve, saving four more break points in the second set before holding in his final two service games to seal the victory on his first match point.
NK Rise and SHINE!
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At the Brasil Open, Christian Garin reached his first final on the ATP Tour thanks to a 6-4 6-4 victory over Casper Ruud.
Chilean Garin had never made it to the last eight in a tour-level event prior to playing in Sao Paulo, yet showed few signs of nerves as he triumphed against his Norwegian opponent in 79 minutes.
Guido Pella – who overcame Laslo Djere 7-6 (12-10) 7-6 (7-1) – progressed from the other half of the draw, meaning there will be a first-time champion crowned in Sunday’s final.