ATP Acapulco Del Potro ousts Thiem. Anderson edges Chung
2 Mar 2018 View 554 by Jovica Ilic
05 March, 2018, 01:41
Del Potro is now 7-0 against Kevin Anderson, beating the South African in the final 6-4, 6-4.
The women's event saw a successful title defence, with Lesia Tsurenko beating Stefanie Voegele 5-7 7-6 6-2 in a match that lasted almost three hours.
It was Del Potro's first title since the Stockholm Open previous year and his 21st career singles title.
Thiem pushed for the breaker, and led 6-4 and again had set point with Del Potro serving 6-7.
On Feb. 18 in Uniondale, N.Y., Anderson defeated Sam Querrey in the final of the inaugural New York Open, his first championship since he won at Winston-Salem, N.C., in 2015. "The match point felt great to really go after it and execute the way I wanted to".
The 28-year-old Tsurenko, from the Ukraine, won her fourth WTA Tour title and first since her victory last year at Princess Mundo Imperial.
The Ukrainian seventh seed has yet to drop a set over the last two years on the Acapulco hard court, a hot streak she will expect to extend when she meets unseeded Swiss Stefanie Voegele in Saturday's final.
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"It's such a special tournament for me", Tsurenko said.
"This is just an unbelievable feeling for me to be here".
The 27-year-old Voegele was making her first appearance in a tour final.
South Africa's Anderson moved one step closer to capturing his second consecutive title with his win over American qualifier Donaldson. The Acapulco champion will be one of the favorites when the tournament starts on Thursday. "I'm so glad to win my 21st title playing in Acapulco".
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Since that accident, the 23-year-old has been unable to replicate the success that saw her rise as high as number five in the world. Anderson was in a fine form before the final, winning the title in NY before heading to Acapulco but he didn't stand a chance today against such a strong rival who did just about everything right on the court. Prize money for both the men's and women's singles champions at the 2018 event will be $1,340,860.
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