February 26, 2024

Open Court

MORE TENNIS THAN YOU'LL EVER NEED

Rough for the Canadians back at home as Félix Auger-Aliassime’s “Wimbledon rematch” against serve-volleyer Maxime Cressy was first up on the stadium court Tuesday.

It was three hours, but FAA pulled through.

And Novak Djokovic, starting his record 378th week at No. 1 in the rankings, got back into action for the first time since winning the Australian Open.

Another long one – and Djokovic pulled through in a third-set tiebreak.

Andy Murray was to be Hubert Hurkacz’s opponent, but he wisely pulled out after his effort in Doha last week.

In Santiago, former top players currently struggline, both with wild cards, meet in the first round. Will Dominic Thiem or Cristian Garin overcome the draw gods and actually prevail?

In Acapulco, both Carlos Alcaraz and Cameron Norrie were going to give it a go – until Tuesday afternoon, when it was announced neither would.

(Dubai is nine hours ahead of ET, Santiago two hours ahead and Acapulco one hour behind).

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Abierto Mexicano Telcel
Location: Acapulco, Mexico (ATP 500)
Surface:
Outdoor Hard
Dates: Feb. 27 – March 4, 2023
Prize money: $2,178,980
Draw size: S32 / D16

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023
Final results

Singles, first round

[8] Alex de Minaur (AUS) def [WC] Rodrigo Pacheco Mendez (MEX) 61 62

[WC] Matteo Berrettini (ITA) def. Alex Molcan (SVK) 60 10 retd
Jacopo Berrettini (GER) def. [Q] Oscar Otte (ITA) 36 76 (3) 21 retd
Nuno Borges (POR) def. [Q] Nick Chappell (USA) 63 76 (3)
Mackenzie McDonald (USA) def [1] Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) [LL] Luciano Darderi (ITA) 64 62
Brandon Nakashima (USA) def. Daniel Altmaier (GER) 63 36 61
[5] Cameron Norrie (GBR) [LL] Elias Ymer (SWE) def Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 57 63 64

Doubles, first round

Rafael Matos (BRA) / David Vega Hernandez (ESP) def [2] Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) / Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) 62 36 [10-2]
Alexander Erler / Lucas Miedler (AUT)
def [3] Jamie Murray (GBR) / Michael Venus (NZL) 63 67 (7) [11-9]

[1] Wesley Koolhof (NED) / Neal Skupski (GBR) def. [WC] Hans Hach Verdugo / Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX) 76 (5) 63

Andre Goransson (SWE) / Ben McLachlan (JPN) def. [Q] Guido Andreozzi / Guillermo Duran (ARG) 76 (4) 64
Sadio Doumbia / Fabien Reboul (FRA)
def. [WC] Jacopo Berrettini  / Matteo Berrettini (ITA) 63 64

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Dubai Duty Free Championships
Location: Dubai, UAE (ATP 500)
Surface:
Outdoor Hard
Dates: Feb. 27 – March 4, 2023
Prize money: $3,020,535
Draw size: S32 / D16

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023
Final results

Singles, first round

[4] Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) def. Maxime Cressy (USA) 76 (4) 36 63

Botic van de Zandschulp (NED) def [6] Karen Khachanov (RUS) 75 62

[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) def. [Q] Tomas Machac (CZE) 63 36 76 (1)
[3] Daniil Medvedev (RUS) def. [LL] Matteo Arnaldi (ITA) 64 62
[5] Hubert Hurkacz (POL) def. [LL] Alexander Shevchenko (RUS) 36 63 76 (7)
[8] Borna Coric (CRO) def. Daniel Evans (GBR) 22 retd

Alexander Bublik (KAZ) def. [Q] Alexandar Lazarov (BUL) 61 10 retd
[Q] Christopher O’Connell (AUS) def Emil Ruusuvuori (FIN) 75 64
Mikael Ymer (SWE) def. [LL] Francesco Passaro (ITA) 62 63

Doubles, first round

Ilya Ivashka (BLR) / Andrey Rublev (RUS) def [2] Ivan Dodig (CRO) / Austin Krajicek (USA) 76 (3) 26 [10-8]

[1] Nikola Mektic / Mate Pavic (CRO) def. Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Matthew Ebden (AUS) 75 46 [10-7]
[3] Lloyd Glasspool (GBR) / Harri Heliovaara (FIN) def. Kevin Krawietz / Tim Puetz (GER) 76 (3) 62

Tomislav Brkic (BIH) / Gonzalo Escobar (ECU) def [WC] Kareem Al Allaf (USA) /  Abdulrahman Al Janahi (UAE) 61 63
Daniel Evans (GBR) / John Peers (AUS) [LL] Sander Gille / Joran Vliegen (BEL) def. [WC] Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK) / Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) 64 36 [10-5]
Constant Lestienne (FRA) / Botic van de Zandschulp (NED) [LL] Yuki Bhambri / Saketh Myneni (IND) def Marcelo Melo (BRA) / Alexander Zverev (GER) 63 75

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Movistar Chile Open
Location: Santiago, Chile (ATP 250)
Surface:
Outdoor Clay
Dates: Feb. 27 – March 5, 2023
Prize money: $718,245
Draw size: S28 / D16

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023
Final results

Singles, first round

Thiago Monteiro (BRA) def [5] Albert Ramos-Vinolas  (ESP) 75 46 75

[6] Laslo Djere (SRB) def. Joao Sousa (POR) 63 62
Roberto Carballes Baena (ESP) def. [LL] Carlos Taberner (ESP) 61 retd
[WC] Cristian Garin (CHI) def [WC] Dominic Thiem (AUT) 62 76 (2)
Marco Cecchinato (ITA) def Facundo Bagnis (ARG) 62 36 76 (3)
Tomas Martin Etcheverry (ARG) def Fabio Fognini (ITA) 61 76 (3)
[SE] Nicolas Jarry (CHI) def Juan Pablo Varillas (PER) 76 (1) 64
Dusan Lajovic (SRB) def. [Q] Camilo Ugo Carabelli (ARG) 61 63

Doubles, first round

[WC] Tomas Barrios Vera / Alejandro Tabilo (CHI) def Facundo Bagnis (ARG) / Juan Pablo Varillas (PER) 63 63

Pedro Martinez / Jaume Munar (ESP) def. Pedro Cachin / Tomas Martin Etcheverry (ARG) 64 63

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