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Kozlov upsets Dimitrov, upcoming faces Nadal at Mexican Open


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Stefan Kozlov overcame leg cramps and upset Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (8), 5-7, 6-2 to transfer into a 2nd-round match towards Rafael Nadal at the Mexican Open up.

The No. 130-rated Kozlov got a place in major attract as lucky loser immediately after Maxime Cressy withdrew for the reason that of personal injury.

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Kozlov struggled with cramps in his right leg at the conclusion of the next established, but continued to perform and Dimitrov failed to consider gain in the match that lasted a tournament document 3 several hours and 21 minutes.

Nadal, who gained the Australian Open up very last month, is 1 of four Best 5 players in the attract at Acapulco together with Australian Open up runner-up Daniil Medvedev, defending champion Alexander Zverev and fourth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Stefan Kozlov, of the U.S., returns a ball during a match against Grigor Dimitrov, of Bulgaria, at the Mexican Open tennis tournament in Acapulco, Mexico, Monday, Feb. 21, 2022.

Stefan Kozlov, of the U.S., returns a ball for the duration of a match against Grigor Dimitrov, of Bulgaria, at the Mexican Open tennis event in Acapulco, Mexico, Monday, Feb. 21, 2022.
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The Mexican Open up is an ATP 500 tournament. Considering the fact that that group began in 2009, only Dubai in 2012 and Beijing in 2013 have showcased four of the Top 5 players in the earth.

The time it took for Kozlov’s acquire broke a match file established in a match previously Monday, when John Isner outlasted Fernando Verdasco 7-5, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (3) in 3 hours, 13 minutes.

Isner, a semifinalist in Acapulco in 2019 and 2020, will future perform either Cameron Norrie and Daniel Altmaier.

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In other first-round matches, seventh-seeded Taylor Fritz conquer Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 6-3, Brandon Nakashima beat Peter Gojowczyk 6-4, 6-4, Dusan Lajovic fended off Sebastian Korda 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 and eighth-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta swept Oscar Otte 6-2, 6-4.

The Mexican Open is performed on the difficult courts in the Arena GNP in Acapulco, a preferred seashore resort.

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