Jack DRAPER’s injury hands Alex DE MINAUR a spot in the Mexican Open final

Saturday, 02 March 2024 at 04:14
Alex De Minaur advances to the Mexican Open final after Jack Draper's injury retirement. The Australian experienced a dip in form in the second set but bounced back in the third after Draper faced clear physical difficulties, ultimately securing the victory 6-3, 2-6, 4-0, ret.
The first set began at a high level, considering Draper's impeccable performance throughout the tournament, where he hadn't dropped his serve and hadn't conceded more than four games in any of his previous matches.
The start was evenly matched, and De Minaur took the first breakthrough in the fifth game, marking Draper's first service game loss in the tournament. With the advantage for the Australian, he maintained composure on serve, saving the only break point against him while capitalizing on his two break opportunities, winning the set 6-3 and proving superior to the young star.
In the second set, things turned around as Draper showcased his best shots, including well-executed dropshots that forced De Minaur to cover the entire court. Despite apparent stomach issues, Draper seized on a drop in De Minaur's level and comfortably won the set 6-2.
At the start of the third set, Draper displayed increased difficulties in movement and breathing. Struggling physically, Draper could do little against De Minaur, who once again demonstrated his credentials as the defending champion, racing to a 4-0 lead in just 20 minutes.
The Briton's evident struggles prevented him from completing the match, leading to his retirement at that stage. De Minaur maintains his flawless performance in Acapulco, securing his ninth consecutive victory in the tournament (6-3, 2-6, 4-0, ret.).
In the final, De Minaur awaits the winner of the match between the second seed Holger Rune and the sixth seed Casper Ruud.

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