Last Updated on March 5, 2023 7:38 pm by Erwin Noguera
The Mexican Open 2023 edition came to its end with a bittersweet taste in the mouth of all the fans, due to the missing of several good tennis players for various reasons. Whatever the case, this opened the door for a surprise on the podium and that was the case, as Australian Alex de Minaur won the title by defeating American Tommy Paul 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the final.
Mexican Open Singles Roundup
De Miñaur, number 22 in the world, won his first ATP 500 title this weekend after winning 6 ATP 250 titles. It was a great final, exciting during its 2 hours and 26 minutes, where the 24-year-old demonstrated that he is very talented and hopes to continue improving in the big tournaments to reach the top 10. It is the first time in 30 years of this tournament that a player has come back in the final after losing the first set to win the title.
The Australian also came from behind in the semifinals to eliminate Holger Rune, and before that, he had defeated Taro Daniel, who had beaten Casper Ruud in what was one of the great upsets of the championship.
We must also talk about Tommy Paul, who had a great tournament and, in the semifinals, eliminated Taylor Fritz, number 5 in the world, with partials of 6-3, 6-7 (2), and 7-6 (2) and setting the record the longest game in the entire history of this tournament: 3 hours and 25 minutes.
It must be remembered that two of the top candidates for the title, Carlos Alcaraz and Cameron Norrie, withdrew before the start due to injuries and fatigue. Rafael Nadal, who was the defending champion, was not present, as physical problems accumulate for the veteran.
Mexican Open Doubles Roundup
In the doubles, the title went to the Austrians Alexander Erler and Lucas Miedler, who defeated the Americans Nathaniel Lammons and Jackson Withrow 7-6 (9) and 7-6 (3) in another big surprise.
The Europeans had eliminated Dutchman Wesley Koolhof and Englishman Neal Skupski, who were the number 1 seed in the tournament, in the semifinals. It is their third title as a couple after those achieved in Kitzbuhel in 2021 and in Vienna in 2022.