Los Cabos, August 2nd, 2022.– Mexican Alex Hernández entered the book of records of the Mifel Tennis Open, by signing up as the first Mexican to advance to the second round of the tournament held since 2016 in singles.
Hernández, with only 23, beat Colombian Nicolás Barrientos 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in just two hours and 20 minutes in an exciting match that opened the activity at the main stadium of the Cabo Sport Complex.
In his debut at the ATP 250 of Los Cabos, the Mexican won a match in which he went from less to more against Barrientos, who reached the main draw as lucky loser.
“I still have a lot of emotions, it’s something I still have to digest. I dreamed it since I was a kid and I’m achieving it,” said Hernández after the victory, so far the most important of his career.
“I’ve battled, it’s been a long career and I’m still fighting every day. The public helped me a lot. They helped my confidence, I’m very grateful to them for pushing me to go one step further,” he added.
With his victory, Hernández broke a streak of 26 consecutive losses by Mexicans in ATP Tour and Grand Slam singles matches after the match between Mexicans Santiago González and Daniel Garza played in the first round of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco in 2011.
In the second round, the Mexican will face Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, world No. 9 and second seed. The Mexican came from behind in a match that seemed more than impossible after the first set.
With his victory, Hernández broke a 22-year streak, since the last time a Mexican won an ATP match against a player not born in Mexico in 2000, when Alejandro Hernández defeated Italian Laurence Tieleman in Mexico City
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