Alexander Zverev suffered greatly to overcome the first round of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel de Acapulco in a match in which, in addition to his rival, he had to prevail at the untimely hours at which the match ended, as the match ended at 4:54 a.m. local time, making it the game that ended later in tennis history breaking the record held by Lleyton Hewitt and Marcos Baghdatis since the 2008 Australian Open, when they both finished play at 4:34.
Zverev started playing his match at around 1:30 local time after the match between John Isner and Fernando Verdasco went to 3:13 long. and the next match between Stefan Kozlov and Grigor Dimitrov went at 3:21 in length, with both matches being decided in the third set and after the day began at 18:00 on Monday local time on the Pista Estadio. It should be noted that the Mexican tournament celebrates its matches from this time so as not to expose the tennis players to the humidity and high temperatures in the area.
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Finally, and when the clock marked 4:54 in the morning in Acapulco, Zverev managed to close his match against Jenson Brooksby 3-6, 7-6 (10) and 6-2 in three hours and 20 minutes of match to meet in the second round with the German Peter Gojowczyk.
🇩🇪 Zverev 🆚 Brooksby 🇺🇸 became the latest match in tennis history. That is to say that it beats Hewitt vs. Baghdatis at the Australian Open 2008 (4:34 am)
This match ended at 4:54 am 😱
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The match turned uphill for Zvever when Brooksby managed to convert the only break option he converted to win the first set 3-6. In fact, the American was able to close the match in an eternal second round that lasted almost two hours thanks to the numerous tiebreaks in each game and where he wasted two match points. in an agonizing tie-break that Zverev took 12-10. In the third round the German did not give any more surprises and with a resounding 6-2 he closed the match that later ended in the history of tennis.