Nicolas Jarry fights off Tommy PAUL to secure spot in first Masters 1000 final

Friday, 17 May 2024 at 23:47
Nicolas Jarry (No. 21) advanced to his first Masters 1000 final after defeating Tommy Paul (No. 16) 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-3 at the Rome Open. The Chilean dominated much of the match, but the American managed to come back in the second set and put his opponent on the ropes. However, Jarry regained his momentum and secured a historic victory.
In the first set, Jarry was the first to create a break opportunity, but Paul managed to hold on to maintain parity. Everything unfolded evenly, although Jarry was more dominant with his service thanks to his 74% first serve percentage, winning 74% of them, compared to Paul's 62% first serve, winning 67% of them.

Strong start for Jarry

"The Tower from Santiago" took the initiative in the set with 9 winners against just 2 from Paul. The Chilean again created a couple of break opportunities in the eighth game and secured the advantage that ultimately gave him the set 6-3 after 43 minutes.
In the second set, Paul started with strong service games and had his first break opportunities in the second game of the set. The Chilean managed to hold his serve and maintain parity until 2-2, when Jarry seized his first break chance to take the lead.
With the score 4-2 in favor of Jarry, one of the pivotal moments of the tournament unfolded. Paul executed a passing shot after a volley from Jarry, stunning the stadium and providing a morale boost for the American. Despite facing adversity, he began to take more risks in his shots, aiming to find an opportunity to remain in the match.
Nicolas Jarry waiting for a ball to serve
Jarry is the first Chilean player in a Masters 1000 final since Fernando Gonzalez at 2007 Madrid Open.
Paul found his first break chance in the eighth game and started his comeback, putting pressure on his opponent to stay in the set. Everything came down to the tie-break, where Paul took the lead from the start with two mini-breaks and set the stage to win the set 7-6(3).
In the third set, tension increased as the match could tilt either way. Both players wasted break points in their favor, but the crucial moment of the set came in the sixth game, where Jarry finally capitalized on his chance and took the lead 4-2
The Chilean held his service decisively and ultimately clinched the match in a memorable final game that lasted over 12 minutes, during which he had five match points in his favor and saved two break points against him, ultimately winning 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-3.
In his first Masters 1000 final, he will face the German Alexander Zverev (No. 5), who defeated fellow Chilean Alejandro Tabilo in the semifinals 1-6, 7-6(4), 6-2. This will be Zverev's third final appearance in Rome, having won the title in 2017.

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