Acapulco: The time of the grand finale

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Stefanos Tsitsipas will face Alexander Zverev, whom he has beaten in their last 5 meetings, for the final of the Abierto Mexicano in Acapulco. Everything you need to know about the big match.

The Abierto Mexicano Telcel final, between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev, will start at 05:00 on Sunday morning (Greek time) and will be broadcast on COSMOTE SPORT 7HD.

It will be the seventh official match on the tour between the two players, with Tsitsipas leading the head-to-head with an emphatic 5-1 lead, having beaten Zverev five times in a row.

In particular, he was beaten by the German in their first encounter on tour, in the semi-finals in Washington in 2018 (6-2, 6-4), and has since beaten him five times, including in the quarter-finals of the 2018 Rogers Cup (3-6, 7-6, 6-4), the Madrid quarter-finals in 2019 (7-5, 3-6, 6-2), the Beijing semi-finals in 2019 (7-6, 6-4), the ATP Finals group stage in 2019 (6-3, 6-2) and also the ATP Cup group stage in 2020 (6-1, 6-4). However, it is worth noting that they have not met in the last 14 months and this will be the first time they will meet for a professional tournament final.

Tsitsipas will be playing in a tour final for the 13th time in his career and the first time this season. He will be competing for his 6th career title (5-7 in finals), 1st in a 500 tournament, where he has lost all 5 previous finals he has played, in Barcelona (2018, Rafael Nadal), Dubai (2019, Roger Federer), Beijing (2019, Dominic Thiem), Dubai (2020, Djokovic) and Hamburg (2020, Andrey Rublev).

We recall that this week the Greek tennis player made his debut in Acapulco and so far he has lost only one set in four matches, beating in turn Benoit Paire (6-3, 6-1), John Isner (6-3, 6-2), Felix Auger-Aliassime (7-5, 4-6, 6-3) and Lorenzo Musetti (6-1, 6-3).

Zverev has one less match, having overcome the obstacles of Carlos Alcaraz (6-3, 6-1), Laslo Djere (6-4, 6-3) and Dominik Koepfer (6-4, 7-6) – he didn’t have to play Casper Ruud, who withdrew before their match.

Zverev was also in the final in Acapulco in 2019, having lost then to Nick Kyrgios. Overall it will be the 23rd final of his career and he will be competing for his 14th title (13-9 in finals) – his third in a 500 tournament, following his titles in Washington in 2017 and 2018.