Rising Australian star Nick Kyrgios kept it classy after beating No. 2 seed Alexander Zverev in the Abierto Mexicano Telcel final.
The Australian beat world No. 3 Zverev 6-3 6-4 to claim his maiden title in Acapulco and overall fifth ATP title.
The German won four matches in straight sets but then suffered a straight-set defeat in the final. “I just want to congratulate Sascha on an amazing week … you’re so professional, you’re an example to any tennis player, and I think I can take a leaf out of your book.
And maybe I can catch you on some titles one day,” Kyrgios said post-match, per Tennis Australia and AAP. In his Acapulco debut two years ago, Kyrgios beat world No. 1 Novak Djokovic before he suffered a disappointing semi-final loss to Sam Querrey.
“This is an amazing tournament, I loved it two years ago, have some crazy memories here. The crowd’s amazing, everyone involved … I appreciate the support,” Kyrgios acknowledged. The Australian’s run to the Acapulco title also included wins over Andreas Seppi, Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and John Isner.
A clearly happy and satisfied Kyrgios has promised to return to the tournament next year. “I’m definitely gonna come here next year and every year I play the sport, so I’ll be back,” Kyrgios claimed.