Jarry Stuns Tsitsipas At The Libema Open
The challenge system rewarded Nicolas Jarry a lifeline, and the Chilean took full advantage to earn one of the biggest wins of his career against No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Libema Open on Thursday.
Serving at 3-3, 30/40 in the third set, Jarry appeared to have double faulted. He challenged the call, but he had little hope. He and Tsitsipas both walked to their chairs for the changeover.
The call, however, was overturned, and Jarry held, putting the pressure back on Tsitsipas. Greece’s #NextGenATP star, who hadn’t faced a break point since the first set, struggled with heavy winds while serving at 4-5 and double faulted twice in his final service game to give Jarry a break point, which the Chilean converted behind an aggressive return, advancing 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.
“It’s a very, very good win. I’m very happy for the way that I played Stefanos, one of the best players right now. He’s so young and he’s doing great this year,” Jarry said.
The 6’6” right-hander improved to 4-3 against Top 10 players and is picking up on the grass in ‘s-Hertogenbosch where he left off on the clay. Jarry made his second ATP Tour final last month at the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open, falling to Alexander Zverev after having two match points in the final. At Roland Garros, Jarry fell in a tough first-round draw to Juan Martin del Potro.
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The 23-year-old Chilean will next face France’s Richard Gasquet or Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan. Their match was suspended because of rain on Thursday with Gasquet leading 6-4, 1-2.
In another upset, Frenchman Adrian Mannarino beat fourth seed Fernando Verdasco of Spain 1-6, 6-3, 6-4. Mannarino will next face fifth seed David Goffin, the 2015 finalist, who hit 13 aces to beat Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France 6-3, 7-5 in one hour and 31 minutes. The Belgian took a 3-0 lead in the first set, then recovered from 1-3 down in the second set.
Elsewhere, seventh-seeded Chilean Cristian Garin completed a 7-5, 7-5 win over Robin Haase of The Netherlands in one hour and 45 minutes. The second-round encounter was carried over from Wednesday due to rain with Haase serving at 3-2, 40/0 in the second set. Garin has lifted two ATP Tour trophies this year at the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship (d. Ruud) and at the BMW Open by FWU (d. Berrettini).