The ATP Tour will be in action again this week in Acapulco. Daniil Medvedev is the top seed at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC in Acapulco. The defending champion, Alexander Zverev, is back in the field and will be looking to gain a repeat title.
Rafael Nadal is also making an appearance in this event. He has won the title here three times prior and has a very good chance of capturing a fourth title this year. Below, I take a look at five things to watch out for during the upcoming ATP 500 event so you can bet against the ATP Odds.
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Defending Champion Alexander Zverev Looks to Repeat
After winning in Mexico last year, Zverev has good memories of Acapulco. The German reached the final in Montpellier earlier this month when he did not drop a set on his way to the triumph. In a potential first-round encounter, World No. 3 will meet American Jenson Brooksby.
Last year at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Zverev defeated the American in three sets. This will be their second meeting on the ATP Head2Head circuit.
Daniil Medvedev Leads The Field
At the Australian Open in January, Medvedev came within one set of winning his second Grand Slam championship but was defeated in a five-set thriller by Rafael Nadal. The Russian returns to the court for the first time since his debut at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC. The World No. 2 will face Benoit Paire in the first round.
It’s a crucial week for Medvedev, who is in charge of his fate in the battle with Djokovic for the No. 1 ATP Ranking. By ascending to the top rank on February 28th, if the Russian raises the trophy in Acapulco, he will become the third Russian to complete the feat.
Matteo Berrettini and Stefanos Tsitsipas Aim To Go Deep
In Mexico, both Berrettini and Tsitsipas will be aiming for their first championship of the season. Berrettini is making his debut and will face Tommy Paul in the first round, while Tsitsipas will be looking to improve on last year’s final loss. In the opening round, the Greek will play Laslo Djere, who advanced to the title match in Rotterdam earlier this month.
They are Playing in a New Arena
This year’s action in Acapulco will take place at the Arena GNP Seguros, a brand-new venue with six courts and over 10,000 seats. The tournament venue has grown by eight hectares in the last two years as a result of the building. This will be sure to have some players playing better or worse than before.
Rafael Nadal Is Back
At the Australian Open in January, Rafael Nadal showed everyone what he’s capable of when he won a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam victory in Melbourne. After a well-deserved sabbatical, the Spaniard is back in action in a tournament which he has previously won, including in Acapulco in 2005, 2013, and 2020. In his first round, the 35-year-old goes against fortunate loser Denis Kudla, who has a 20-2 record in Acapulco.