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‘It wasn’t dodgy camerawork’: Earthquake hits mid-match at Mexican Open

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Alexander Zverev was stopped in his tracks in his Mexican Open semifinal against Dominik Koepfer due to an earthquake.

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Alexander Zverev was stopped in his tracks in his Mexican Open semifinal against Dominik Koepfer due to an earthquake.

A large earthquake provided a scary moment during the first semifinal of the ATP Tour’s Mexican Open on Saturday (NZ time).

The all-German clash between second seed Alexander Zverev and the unseeded Dominik Koepfer in Acapulco was brought to a jolting halt in the second set.

Mexico’s National Seismological Institute said the quake had a magnitude of 5.7 and the epicentre was 60 kilometres southeast of San Marcos – about a two-hour drive from Acapulco, which lies on the Pacific coast.

Having lost the first set 6-4, Koepfer was up 40-14 in the opening game of the second set when he sent a ball long in the midst of the shaking.

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The TV commentator noted to viewers: “Wow, if you were wondering why the camera was just moving a little bit during that last point, it wasn’t dodgy camerawork, we’re having a little bit of a mini earthquake here.”

Everyone in the stadium took some time to compose themselves, with the crowd giving a round of applause.

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