After a long, tough season, Alexander Zverev finally picked up his first title of 2019 Saturday saving two match points to edge Nicolas Jarry 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(8) in the Geneva final.
It was far from easy for Zverev who took a last minute spot in the event after Daniil Medvedev withdrew. The German needed three three-set matches to close out his 11th career title, fifth on the clay. And today, he battled the 23-year-old Chilean to the finish and endured two rain delays.
Jarry came from 6-3 in the final set breaker to hold two match points. On the 4th time of asking, Zverev converted his.
“It was a very tough match. He was playing aggressively, serving big and hitting everything he can,” Zverev said. “I thought I was in control until the rain came, but I’m happy to find a way. I felt it could have gone either way.”
Jarry finished runner-up for a second time in his career.
“I don’t have the words to talk about it. I did my best, had some chances and fought until the last point. It didn’t go my way,” said Jarry. “I just have to keep on fighting and give myself the chance to compete for another title.”
Jarry will face Juan Martin del Potro Tuesday in Paris.
Zverev will get John Millman also on Tuesday.
“When I start playing good, I don’t worry about titles. I know that I can be one of the best players in the world when I find my rhythm,” said Zverev. “This week definitely helped with that.”
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