“Current title holder Alex de Minaur advances to Mexican Open final after opponent Jack Draper withdraws due to retirement.”

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The current title holder, Alex de Minaur, progressed to the championship match of the Mexican Open when Jack Draper withdrew during the third set of their semifinal match.

The Australian, who was seeded third, won the initial set with a score of 6-3, lost the second set 6-2, and was ahead 4-0 in the third set when Draper, who appeared to be struggling physically, withdrew from the match.

De Minaur will compete against either Casper Ruud or Holger Rune in the championship match.

De Minaur stated, “I am pleased to have reached the final, however, I am also hoping for Jack’s well-being.”

“His talents are exceptional and it is our hope that he will be able to fully recover in time for future tournaments.”

“It can be challenging to compete against an opponent who is not feeling well, but it is important to maintain your concentration.”

The 9th ranked player in the world, who is the top player from Australia, won his ninth consecutive match in Mexico. He became the first defending champion to reach the final in Acapulco since David Ferrer of Spain did so in 2013.

De Minaur has earned seven ATP titles in his career, with his most recent victory being at Acapulco last year.

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Draper had made it to the semi-finals of an ATP 500 tournament for his first time, but had to withdraw in the final set due to an undisclosed illness.

The 22-year-old’s ailment became a concern towards the tail end of the second set, as Draper sought treatment from the physiotherapist and tournament doctor.

Source: theguardian.com

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