"The 6'6" Argentine Juan Martin del Potro outplayed Kevin Anderson for the seventh time in a row in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series (7-0), beating Anderson 6-4, 6-4 to win the ATP World Tour 500 title, his biggest trophy in years at the Mexico Open on Saturday night. Watch Live On TennisTV Watch Full Match Replays But Anderson, who is now 11-2 on the season, had too much experience in the moment, breaking to open the decider and he would not relinquish that advantage. "When you're out there, you're not really thinking about finals and what happened before". "I think he played really well".
Meanwhile, the defeat from del Potro broke the South African's dream of bagging a fifth ATP title and his second consecutive title after winning the New York Open two weeks ago. But since then, he has made five tour-level finals (Washington D.C., US Open, Pune, New York, Acapulco), in a run that includes a runner-up finish at last year's US Open.
On the other side of the draw, Kevin Anderson and Jared Donaldson will meet in a semi-final. "[In the second set] I did very well to reset, break him straight back at 4-all to go 5-4, and then played a good serve game to serve it out". He's obviously a tough competitor and a great player. He won 78 percent of his first-serve points and 55 percent of his second serves in the match. Anderson hit 18 aces in the victory, and hit a wicked inside-out forehand victor to clinch the battle.
"I really felt I did well just fighting as hard as I could", Anderson said.
"He started very well and I had to wait a bit for his serve to calm down", Fognini said. "I have a shot at playing for a title".More news: Samsung Max launches as a new tool for privacy protection, data savings
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Fognini was particularly dominant on his serve and will head into Sunday's final seeking his sixth ATP title and his first since triumphing in Gstaad last July.
He defeated Mischa Zverev, four-time Acapulco champion David Ferrer, No. 6 Dominic Thiem and No. 5 Alexander Zverev before dispatching world number eight Anderson. The fifth seed is a combined 0-10 against his possible opponents in the Acapulco final.
German Zverev, the highest seed still remaining after the pre-tournament withdrawal of Rafael Nadal, earlier beat American Ryan Harrison 6-4 6-1.
Tournament organizers announced another initiative aimed at encouraging top players to tackle doubles, offering a $1 million bonus prize to any player who captures both singles and doubles titles at the tournament.