Alexander Zverev reflects on earthquake that hit Centre Court in Acapulco

Zverev and Dominik Koepfer were in the middle of a point when the earthquake hit the Centre Court.

by Dzevad Mesic
Alexander Zverev reflects on earthquake that hit Centre Court in Acapulco

German tennis star Alexander Zverev revealed he didn't feel much of the earthquake that rocked the Center Court in Acapulco since he and fellow compatriot Dominik Koepfer were in the middle of a point. Zverev, seeded at No.

2 in the Acapulco main draw, clashed to world No. 71 Koepfer in the first Acapulco semifinal on Friday. During the match, a 5.7 magnitude earthquake hit the state of Guerrero and it was felt on the Centre Court. But former world No.

3 Zverev didn't let the earthquake distract him as he won 6-4 7-6 (5) to reach his second Acapulco final. "The lights started shaking and the crowd felt it more than we did,” Zverev said in his post-match press conference, as quoted on the ATP website.

“We were running around the court, so we had to play a point during the earthquake. We didn’t feel much, but still obviously I know it happens here in Acapulco”.

Zverev insists it wasn't easy against Koepfer

World No.

7 Zverev got off to a perfect start as he converted his third break point to break Koepfer in the opening game. Zverev earned his second break in the fifth game to take a 4-1 lead but Koepfer got one break back in the following game.

However, Zverev then held on to his serve as he served out for the set in the 10th game. Zverev then recovered from a 5-3 second set deficit, before converting his first match point in the tie-break. "He’s a very tough player to play right now.

He won some incredible matches,” Zverev said. “Beating [Milos] Raonic on a hard court the way that he did is very tough. I think he showed that he is somebody who can play extremely well on this level. Today, honestly, I thought I played a not bad match and he gave me a tough time." Zverev plays Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Acapulco final.

Alexander Zverev Centre Court Dominik Koepfer