Del Potro maintains mastery over Thiem with Acapulco win

ATP Acapulco Alexander Zverev and Jared Donaldson shine to reach the semis

ATP Acapulco Alexander Zverev and Jared Donaldson shine to reach the semis

Neither player has lost a set.

Del Potro, who improved his head-to-head record against Thiem to 4-0, will have little time to savour his victory as he prepares for Friday's semifinal against second seed Alexander Zverev.

It was Del Potro's first title since the Stockholm Open previous year and his 21st career singles title.

The Argentine never lost a break point all night and hit only one double fault. The American used that slight opening to not only earn his first break point of the match at 4-3, but go on to break twice in a row to claim the second set.

Argentina's del Potro saved three set points against Thiem in the second-set tiebreaker, firing two aces to give himself a match point and taking the contest when Thiem double-faulted.

But Fognini adjusted his game and romped through the second set before overpowering a tired-looking opponent to take the title, the sixth of his career.

After triumphing at the New York Open two weeks ago in his most recent event, Anderson will get a crack at his fifth trophy on Saturday. "I think that first-set tie-break was really key", Anderson said afterward. "I think he played really well".

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Switzerland's Stefanie Vogele, ranked 183rd in the world, stunned reigning US Open champion Stephens 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.

Bouchard, ranked 115th in the world, will be playing her first tournament since a NY jury found in her favour in her lawsuit against the US Tennis Association over her locker room fall at the 2015 US Open.

The women's event saw a successful title defence, with Lesia Tsurenko beating Stefanie Voegele 5-7 7-6 6-2 in a match that lasted almost three hours. "Thanks Stefanie for this match and for this experience".

After dominating the tiebreak to even up the contest, the 28-year-old world number 40 walzed through the final set to secure the fourth title of her career. The fifth seed held five break points in the first game of the second set, but failed to convert.

"I really felt I did well just fighting as hard as I could", Anderson said.

"It's a very special tournament to me", Del Potro said.

World number five Zverev, 20, is the highest-ranked player left in the draw of the hardcourt tournament that saw top seed Rafael Nadal withdraw with nagging hip trouble.

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