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Berrettini solid in Acapulco; Alcaraz, Norrie pull out

ATP Tour 250

Matteo Berrettini of Italy during the Tennis Internationals ATP 250 Naples (day4) on October 20, 2022 at the Tennis Club Napoli in Naples, Italy (Photo by Agn Foto/LiveMedia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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ACAPULCO, Mexico - Matteo Berrettini won the seven games he played before Alex Molcan retired with a wrist injury in the second round of the Mexican Open.

The 26-year-old Italian, playing his first match since he lost to Andy Murray in the first round of the Australian Open on Jan. 17, won the first set 6-0 and was up 1-0 in the second when Molcan decided he could not continue.

Also Tuesday, top-seeded Carlos Alcaraz and fifth-seeded Cameron Norrie pulled out of the tournament.

“Unfortunately, I won’t be able to play in Acapulco. I have a grade 1 strain in my right hamstring that will keep me out for several days, according to the tests we did this morning,” Alcaraz said in a statement. “I’m really sad I can’t compete here, but now it’s time to think about recovering and being ready as soon as possible.”

Alcaraz, the U.S. Open champion, captured his seventh career ATP title earlier this month at Buenos Aires, Argentina, and made it to the final last week in Rio De Janeiro, where he lost to Norrie.

Norrie, who leads the ATP Tour in match wins this season with 18, cited fatigue as his reason for pulling out.