ATP Acapulco: Alex de Minaur celebrates title defense over Casper Ruud

Alex de Minaur claimed his eighth ATP title in Acapulco

by Jovica Ilic
ATP Acapulco: Alex de Minaur celebrates title defense over Casper Ruud
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World no. 9 Alex de Minaur successfully defended his ATP 500 Acapulco crown following a 6-4, 6-4 triumph over Casper Ruud in an hour and 57 minutes. Alex lifted his first trophy in a year, adding the eighth ATP title to his collection and staying in the top-10.

The Aussie served at 53%, but it did not hurt him much. He played better behind the first and second serve, defending three out of four break chances at the beginning of the second set and keeping the pressure on the other side.

Casper struggled behind the first serve big time, dropping 44% of the points in his games and suffering three breaks from four chances offered to Alex. De Minaur had the upper hand from the baseline, firing 28 winners and 25 unforced errors.

Casper Ruud & Alex de Minaur, Acapulco 2024© Matthew Stockman / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Ruud had more service winners but could not follow that pace in the rallies, landing eight direct points and 22 unforced errors, mostly from his forehand.

De Minaur produced more efficient tennis in the quickest exchanges up to four strokes, outplaying Ruud and earning the title in that segment. Casper held after deuces in the first game of the encounter and experienced issues at 1-1 despite leading 40-15.

De Minaur earned break chances and seized the second after the rival's forehand error, delivering an early break and moving 2-1 in front. The Aussie forced the Norwegian's mistake in the fourth game, holding at 15 and cementing the advantage.

Casper held after deuce in the next one, and they served well in the upcoming games.

Alex de Minaur is a back-to-back champion in Acapulco.

Alex fired an ace in game eight, producing another fine hold and opening a 5-3 advantage.

Ruud grabbed the ninth game after deuce with an ace, prolonging the set and his chances. However, de Minaur earned a set point on serve at 5-4 after Ruud's loose backhand and converted it with a service winner for 6-4 after 52 minutes.

After facing no problems behind the initial shot in the first set, Alex sprayed a forehand error in the second game of the second set, offering Casper three break points. Ruud converted the third with a forced error, opening a 2-0 gap and producing a fine serve & volley combo in the next one for 40-15.

The Norwegian squandered two game points and placed a forehand long, losing serve and bringing the Aussie back to the positive side.

Alex de Minaur, Acapulco 2024© Matthew Stockman / Staff - Getty Images Sport

De Minaur netted a routine backhand in the fourth game, offering Ruud the fourth and last break chance.

Casper missed a routine forehand, and this loose shot would cost him dearly. Alex held with a service winner and took charge on the return in game seven after forcing Casper's mistake. The Aussie attacked on a break point, landing a forehand winner and clinching the decisive break of serve.

DeMinaur cemented the lead with an ace in game eight, moving 5-3 up and forcing his rival to serve to stay in the match. Casper held at 30 after Alex's wayward forehand, needing a break in game ten to stay in contention. Instead, de Minaur created a match point with a service winner and sealed the deal with a volley winner, celebrating his eighth ATP title and the second in a row in Acapulco.

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