Dominic Thiem and Sloane Stephens won the singles titles at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco on Saturday night.
Theim defeated Bernard Tomic 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-3, while Stephens took 3 hours and five minutes for an epic struggle of a victory over former Acapulco champion Dominika Cibulkova 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(5).
For the Austrian Thiem, who went 13-1 for the month of February, it was his fifth career ATP World Tour title, his first not on clay. He won the Buenos Aires title a week ago.
For Sloane Stephens, it was her third WTA tournament victory and second of 2016. She also won in Auckland.
“It was unbelievable,” said the Austrian. “These three weeks have been amazing. Winning my first 500 title and first hard-court title, it was just perfect. It was how a final should be, between two young and up-and-coming players. I hope we’re going to play many more finals together. Both of us wanted to win so badly and I’m happy I was the one today.”
“It’s not easy, I’d love to win,” Tomic commented. “It could have been huge if I won, but I had a chance. That’s the biggest disappointment, having the chance to win. I’m frustrated with myself… I was leading in the first set and then I lost it and I was up a break in the third and gave away my serve straight away.
“But he was playing very well and he’s an amazing competitor. Every point he’s competing. He was feeling good on court and has been playing well all week. In the final of big tournaments, you have to take your chances in the big moments. I didn’t take it.”
The 22-year-old Thiem will move up the rankings to a career high No. 14.
The final was the third on the ATP World Tour to feature players born in the 1990s. Thiem has been involved with all three.
In men’s doubles, former World No. 1 Max Mirnyi is just two match wins away from joining the ‘700 Club’ winning his first title with Treat Huey. For Mirnyi it’s his 49th doubles title, seventh for Huey.
“It was a tough first round match against Guccione and Tomic and we somehow came out with the win there 14-12 in the tie-break,” Huey said. “We took a lot of momentum from that. I was feeling pretty sick the first few days and could barely get out of bed, but as Max said we just need to find a way. We did and we’ve been playing great tennis all week. It’s great to win a title and we’re having fun. The tournament here in Acapulco is unbelievable.”
“I told Treat that even though we’ve only been together for two months, we’ve been through a lot,” Mirnyi explained. “We’ve improved on our teamwork and things we need to do. Luckily today, in a big tournament like Acapulco, everything clicked. We played well at the same time which was important.”
“I got a little bit better today because of her, and I wouldn’t want to have this memory with anyone else,” Stephens said about her opponent Cibulkova during her trophy ceremony.
Stephens is perfect in finals at 3-0.