Chile’s Nicolas Jarry captured his second ATP title in his home city of Santiago on Sunday after beating Tomas Martin Etcheverry.
Last week, Nicolas Jarry was within two games from beating Carlos Alcaraz in the Rio semifinal. But despite falling short in Brazil, he was due for a title-winning run in his home city of Santiago.
The towering Chilean captured his second ATP title by beating Argentina’s Tomas Martin Etcheverry 6-7, 7-6, 6-2, in a near-three-hour final at the Chile Open on Sunday.
In 2019, Nicolas Jarry was infamously handed a doping ban and had to restart his tennis career from scratch.
In the past couple of weeks, he played some breathtaking tennis. Although his level ebbed and flowed in Santiago, he still managed to have the endurance and killer instinct to finish off his opponents in deciding sets.
Apart from his opening-round win over Juan Pablo Varillas, Jarry needed three sets in every subsequent round including the final against first-time finalist Etcheverry who was superb all week.
“It’s really unbelievable. I can’t believe that I’m champion in this historic tournament of my family,” Jarry spoke to the ATP Tour after the match. “It means a lot to me, especially for the two weeks in a row. It’s been very tough and I managed to keep on going this week. It’s been amazing.”
He continued, ”I think [Tomas] went down a little bit in the third set. I tried to push with all my heart here,” Jarry said. “He played an unbelievable tournament, an unbelievable two sets. I managed to win the second tie-break, which I knew was very important emotionally.”
With this title win, Nicolas Jarry will climb to 52nd in the new ATP rankings which will be released on Monday. A massive climb considering he was outside the top 100 at the start of 2023.
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