American Sam Querrey has landed himself a shot at the Mexican open title after taking out Nick Kyrgios in the semi-final in Acapulco, Mexico.
The unseeded Querrey showcased masterclass tennis, winning the match by 3-6, 6-1, 7-5. World no.17 Kyrgios, who booked the semis after dispatching top seed 12-time grand slam champion Novak Djokovic, was left shellshocked after the match.
The young Australian started the semi-final ferociously and had treatment on his elbow by the end of the second set.
It was a dispiriting exit for Kyrgios whose serve was broken by Querrey to mark the victory.
Moreover, Querrey is the first American to enter into the finals in the 24 years history of the Mexican Open men’s single title.
The world No.40 who knocked out defending champion Dominic Theim to book the semis will face ‘King of Clay’ Rafael Nadal in the final tonight.
On asked about the final, Querrey said that it does not get any easier, it will be the toughest test. He admitted he played great against Kyrgios, but he needs to play even better to beat Nadal. Querrey has lost all four meetings against the Spaniard.
Nadal, two-time champion of the event extended his winning streak to 14 matches as he silenced third seed Marin Cilic 6-1 6-2 to reach the final.
The second-seeded Nadal, who is playing his first tournament since losing the Australian Open final to Roger Federer had won the Mexican title in 2005 and 2013.
Nadal pondered that Sam is playing great and he’ll be coming into the match with a lot of confidence.