2021 in Review: Alexander Zverev ends losing streak against Stefanos Tsitsipas

In a battle of the top seeds, Alexander Zverev defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 7-6 in two hours and 17 minutes to lift the first Acapulco trophy and claim the 14th ATP title. It was the first victory over the Greek for the German after five straight losses, emerging at the top versus Stefanos for the first time since Washington 2018 when he also claimed the ATP 500 crown. Alexander hit 26 winners and 33 unforced errors, saved six out of eight break chances and earned three breaks from 12 opportunities to move over the top despite a slow start. The German struggled behind the second serve, but it was not enough for Tsitsipas to make a difference and take at least a set. Had Stefanos kept that level from the encounter’s opening part, it would have been enough for the sixth consecutive victory over Zverev and the title, although he could not remain at that level. The Greek held with a service winner in the opening game and broke at love in game two when the German netted a forehand.

Alexander Zverev defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas for his first Acapulco title.

Tsitsipas held with a backhand winner at the net in game three to confirm the advantage and forged a 4-1 lead with an ace down the T line after a swift 19 minutes. Serving in game six, Alexander fended off three break points for a game-changer, playing better after that and gathering a boost. With momentum on his side, Zverev broke back at 15 in the next game and held at love with a forehand crosscourt winner for 4-4 and a much better position than ten minutes ago. The German grabbed the second straight break in game nine following Tsitsipas’ double fault and saved a break chance at 5-4 when Stefanos sprayed a forehand error.

Zverev forced Tsitsipas’ mistake to clinch the set 6-4 and become the favorite ahead of set number two. They stayed close to each other until 4-4, and the German earned a break following the Greek’s double fault, moving in front and serving for the victory in the next game. Eager to fight, Tsitsipas saved a match point with a well-constructed attack and broke back following Zverev’s terrible second serve. The Greek defended no less than six break opportunities at 5-5 and created a set point on the return in game 12. Staying calm, Alexander denied it with a powerful serve and reached a tie break after another. At 3-2, Alexander hit two strong serves to open a 5-2 gap and converted the second match point at 6-3 with a forehand winner to celebrate the 14th ATP trophy.

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