ACAPULCO, Mexico – The top two seeds in the men’s draw, Spain’s David Ferrer and Japan’s Kei Nishikori, were eliminated from the Abierto Mexicano Telcel event in this Pacific resort city, while the highest-seeded woman, Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, withdrew from the tournament with an injury.
Ferrer was upset 6-4, 6-4 Wednesday afternoon by 32nd-ranked Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov, who recovered after losing his serve in the second game to take the initiative throughout Wednesday’s second-round match.
He broke back in the third game, grabbed a second service break in the ninth game and then wrapped up the opening set thanks in large part to the effectiveness of his first serve.
Patience was Dolgopolov’s best ally in the second set against the world No. 8, who struggled to find his form and was unable to rally after losing his serve in the seventh game.
“I lost because the opponent was better. There are no excuses. It is what it is, and we’re not going to offer more explanations. My opponent was sharper,” Ferrer said.
A few hours later, American Sam Querrey, fresh off winning his eighth career ATP Tour title in Delray Beach, Florida, notched one of the best wins of his career, a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Japanese world No. 6 Kei Nishikori.
Those upsets came a day after Croatians Marin Cilic and Ivo Karlovic, the No. 3 and No. 6 seeds, respectively, and eighth-seeded Frenchman Jeremy Chardy were eliminated from this hard-court tournament.
Fourth-seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem, the world No. 15, is now the highest-ranked player left in the men’s draw.
Meanwhile, the top-seeded woman, Victoria Azarenka, withdrew from the tournament with a wrist injury Wednesday prior to her second-round match against the Slovak Republic’s Dominika Cibulkova.
Following the two-time Australian Open champion’s exit, American No. 2 seed Sloane Stephens, the world No. 24, is the highest-ranked player left in the women’s draw.