World news – Zverev overcomes the quake, Koepfer reaches the Acapulco finals – Daily Times


ACAPULCO: Alexander Zverev mastered the pressure of a Grand Slam final, and not even an earthquake could upset the nerves of the German youngster during his semi-final of the Mexican Open against Dominik Koepfer on Friday. The 5.7 magnitude quake, with an epicenter about 60 km southeast of San Marcos, a two-hour drive from Acapulco, shook the stadium for about 30 seconds while Koepfer served in the opening game of the second set. « I didn’t know what happened. Dominik didn’t either, » said Zverev, who scored a 6: 4: 7: 6 (5) victory. « We just heard the crowd. I think the lights started to tremble and the crowd felt it more than we did. «  » We ran around the square so we had to play a point during the earthquake. We didn’t feel much, but of course I know it happens here in Acapulco. I have it here I’ve seen it before, so I think it’s normal. « Last year we had something similar during my game or training. It was bigger because I saw the lights shake. I didn’t see anything today. Everything was stable … I hope everyone in the area closest to the earthquake is well. ”

Briton Neal Skupski was hoping for a relaxing massage after securing a place in the double-finals alongside brother Ken, but the quake made him look for his clothes quickly. « It was real It’s strange, « said Neal. “I thought it was a massage technique he was doing because the bed was shaking. I just thought it was normal. “Then an alarm went off on his phone and I thought, ‘This is a little strange. ‘Then he said,’ We’re going to go outside because of an earthquake. ‘ I couldn’t get dressed quickly enough to get out of the building. « 

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