Jarry comes back and roars against Tsitsipas to sign the semis in Rome

The Chilean reaches his first ATP Masters 1000 semi-finals and will face Paul

May 16, 2024

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By Staff

Nicolas Jarry smiles and doesn’t stop smiling and boy does he have reasons to do so at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia: the Chilean advanced to his first ATP Masters 1000 semi-final on Thursday after beating sixth seed and 2022 finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas by one comeback 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.

The Chilean was ruthless from the baseline, hitting 23 forehand winners, including one at 166 kilometers per hour, to ruin Tsitsipas’ bid to reach his third consecutive semi-final in Rome.

The 28-year-old displayed mental toughness throughout the two hours and 38 minutes of the match, during which he fended off 11 of the 13 break points he faced, according to Infosys ATP Stats. Jarry achieved a dramatic break of his own at 5-4 in the third set, converting his fourth match point to improve to 4-2 in his Lexus ATP Head2Head series with Tsitsipas.

“Beating Stefanos on powder is a great achievement. I kept fighting in everything and looking for a way to have my chance, I had to adjust because he was playing well and luckily I was able to do it,” said the Chilean and highlighted his mentality to achieve victory. “I always try to be better, stronger , happier and enjoying more and that has to do with my performance,” he analyzed.

The turning point came at 3-3 in the second set, when Jarry added five consecutive points from 0/40 and unleashed the clamor of the Foro Italico audience. The 21st seed was intractable from the back of the court and displayed his best tennis to win nine of the last 11 points of the second set, sending the match to the final set. Thus, the third time was the charm in the last four in an ATP Masters 1000 event for the Chilean, after having played in the quarterfinals in Shanghai 2023 (l. to Dimitrov) and Miami 2024 (l. to Medvedev).

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Is there a Chilean final coming up against your friend Alejandro Tabilo? “I’m playing very well and I want to keep it up. It’s the hardest thing, but I’ll go for the match tomorrow,” said Jarry, who will face 14th seed Tommy Paul in Friday’s semifinals. The Chilean won his only match at Roland Garros last year.

Meanwhile, the Chilean achieved his 10th victory against a Top10 rival, half of it on clay and the third of the year, beating No. 2 Alcaraz in Buenos Aires and No. 8 Ruud in the ATP Masters 1000 of Miami. Additionally, Jarry is guaranteed to rise to No. 18 in the PIF ATP Live Rankings.

Did you know…?
Jarry and Tabilo become the first Chilean duo to reach the semifinals in the same ATP Masters 1000 event, and it is also the first time that multiple Chileans have been in the semifinals of a tour-level event since 2006 in Viña del Mar and the first time outside Chile since the 2004 Athens Olympic Games (González and Massu).


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