Unseeded Sam Querrey pulled off an upset victory over second-seed Rafael Nadal based on pure power by 6-3 and 7-6 (3) to win the Mexican Open Tennis Telcel and in the process became the first American champion in the tournament’s 24-year history.
Nadal with a 28-0 record in sets won and lost at Pegaso Stadium (now 28-2) simply failed to find a way to break Querrey’s powerful serve, which ended with 19 aces in the match. Querrey, who was unknown as he entered the event, defeated Nadal for the first time in his career(4-1), and the victory arrived at a time, less expected, which left the champion run out of words in front of the almost eight thousand present.
“It was an incredible day for me, to win this trophy represents a lot, it was a perfect week in which I can beat the greats of world tennis,” Querrey said after other game.
In this Mexican winning Campaign, Querrey took out four of top 20 players – David Goffin, 11, Dominic Thiem, 9, Nick Kyrgios, 17 and Rafael Nadal, 2.
Querrey said that it’s definitely a tournament that he is going to remember for the rest of his life. It’s just one of those weeks where he got in the zone and everything was working for him. He hopes he can have more like this.
The 14-time Grand Slam champion Nadal said that Sam played very well, almost reaching perfection. Nadal admitted that he played under a lot of pressure because of Sam’ serve and baseline game. Nadal added that Sam left him with very few options, and the few he had he[Sam] also played good.