Acapulco Roundup: Kyrgios, Querrey, McHale On Song
March 3, 2017
“I never have a problem getting up for these matches.”
Washington Kastles star Nick Kyrgios was more than up for the challenge in front of him Thursday night in Acapulco, rising to the occasion to defeat world No. 2 Novak Djokovic 7-6(9), 7-5 in the Abierto Mexicano Telcel quarterfinals. Kyrgios fired 25 aces to just one double fault and secured a break late in the second set to clinch the upset.
“He's one of the greatest players of all time, but I'm playing with confidence,” Kyrgios told the AP. “My serve is the best part of my game, and I had one of my best serving matches tonight."
With his win over Djokovic, Kyrgios now owns 11 Top 10 victories and added Djokovic to his list of first-time triumphs over Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. For a place in the final, the Australian will battle fellow Kastle Sam Querrey, who also scored an impressive victory.
Querrey, a member of the 2015 Kastles championship squad, ousted ninth-ranked Dominic Thiem 6-1, 7-5 in 67 minutes. The big-serving American converted four of his five break chances to avenge his loss to the Austrian in last year’s Acapulco semifinals. Querrey will look to reverse his fortunes Friday evening against Kyrgios, the winner of the pair’s lone meeting last year in Shanghai.
Christina McHale of the New York Empire advanced to the semifinals with a convincing 6-2, 6-2 win against reigning Olympic champion Monica Puig. McHale took 55 percent of her return points to set a showdown with second seed Kristina Mladenovic. The Englewood Cliffs, N.J. resident is aiming to win her second WTA singles title, having picked up her maiden crown in 2016 at the Tokyo International.
On the doubles court, Darija Jurak (San Diego Aviators) and Anastasia Rodionova (Kastles) and 2016 Mylan WTT Male Rookie of the Year Fabrice Martin (Philadelphia Freedoms), moved through their respective quarterfinal matches.