By Britwatch Team
- Top Seeds: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem
- Defending Champion: Dominic Thiem
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ACAPULCO, MEXICO – Dominic Thiem arrives off the back of a clay court win in Rio, but all eyes will be on Novak Djokovic as he returns following his shock exit from the Australian Open.
Draw & Results
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We can look at the stats, we can look at his fighting spirit in his Davis Cup match where he had to come from a set down before Daniil Medvedev retired, but in truth no-one really knows in what nick Djokovic is after his abrupt departure from Melbourne.
Maybe he is after the big sombrero – but he has a potentially tricky quarter. Juan Martin Del Potro had a very strong come-back of his own in Delray Beach, and we know that the Tower of Tandil can has occasionally had the measure of Djokovic.
The unpredictable Nick Kyrgios should be his quarter-final foe, but if Djokovic plays himself into form, expect him to be toting that great big hat.
Maybe we are being too quick to crown Djokovic with the sombrero. Nadal of course had his part to play in an extraordinary first Slam of the year, and we saw a couple of epic matches from the Spaniard to kick off his season.
He will start against the serve and volley of Mischa Zverev and it is not a bad draw for him – certainly on first glance it looks less spicy than Djokovic’s. Nadal has been down Mexico-way before playing when the tournament was clay.
But if the addition of Carlos Moya to his team is anything to go by, we can expect to see a solid run here.
Cilic at least managed to get a couple of wins to his name this year after what looked like a bit of a shaky start. But it could be a tough start against Alexandr Dolgopolov, if the Ukrainian is back to fitness after his retirement in the Rio quarter-final, after his win in Buenos Aires.
He does have John Isner also at the other end of the bracket, and a big-serving shootout could be on the cards in the quarter-final.
Hotfooting it to Acapulco after winning on the clay of Rio, Thiem continues his bucket list goal of competing in any and every tournament that will have him. The defending champion starts against Gilles Simon and that could be somewhat fatiguing at the best of times.
He ought to make a decent run here but if Djokovic is back on form we could see the Thiem bounced out by the semi-final stage.
The Abierto Mexicano TELCEL presentado por HSBC takes place between 27 February and 4 March.
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