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- Top Seeds: Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, Jack Sock
- Defending Champion: Sam Querrey
- British Interest: Cameron Norrie (Qualifying)
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ACAPULCO, MEXICO – Rafael Nadal comes back to the tour after retiring in the quarter-final of the Australian Open.
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While it feels like a long time since we have seen Nadal on the tour after a thigh injury he has been able to pick up the tour right where he planned to, since retiring in his quarter-final in Melbourne. He relinquished the World No. 1 spot to Roger Federer.
Zverev’s year does not seem to have started quite the way he would have wanted. He was hardly impressive at the Hopman Cup and admitted he was still working up to season readiness, but he had a shock exit at the hands of eventual semi-finalist Hyeong Chung.
He came good in his Davis Cup exploits but was an early exit in Rotterdam. He faces Steve Johnson who won their only meeting and has the prospect of Delray Beach finalist Peter Gojowczyk, and could face John Isner in the quarter-final.
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Thiem had been aiming for back to back titles on the dirt, but was thwarted by an in-form Fernando Verdasco in Rio, and so comes back to the hard courts ahead of the US hard-court spring. He will open against Brit qualifier Cameron Norrie, who is certainly getting more and more tour-level matches under his belt.
Thiem’s form has been good, but Norrie has a knack of pulling some surprises along the way. His quarter looks pretty stacked with a smattering of Next Gen and established stars, with a potential quarter-final set against Juan Martin Del Potro.
The American’s pretty woeful season is continuing apace. He got his first (and only) win of the season in Delray Beach where he was the top seed, before losing to compatriot and wildcard Reilly Opelka.
He is up against another compatriot, qualifier Ernesto Escobedo and at this stage it is pointless to point out that on paper he should coast to the quarter-finals at least. His quarter is also pretty hefty, most likely playing Hyeon Chung in the second round, and set for a showdown with a pretty in-form Kevin Anderson this season.
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