In the battle of Argentines, Tomas Martin Etcheverry bested his higher-ranked countryman Sebastian Baez 7-5, 6-3 to make his very first ATP final.
“Really I can’t believe it,” the 23-year-old Etcheverry said after. “This is a dream for me, for my family, for my friends, all the people that helped me to reach my goals. This is amazing. Just to enjoy tomorrow. That’s the key for my first final.”
Ranked no. 76, Etcheverry lost just four total points on first serve and never faced a break point. A lengthy 10-point game to break sealed the opening set.
After his Rio semifinal last year, Nicolas Jarry has already done one better in his home country. Today he came from a set down — he lost the first eight games! — to defeat Jaume Munar 1-6, 7-6(4), 6-1.
“It’s amazing to be here in Chile and to be able to play a final,” Jarry said to the ATP. “I can still remember when I was a kid watching this same tournament in Vina del Mar. I used to see Fernando, Nico, Marcelo in this tournament and now I’m here in the final.”
The 6-foot-6 Jarry finished with nine aces. He won seven straight games from 5-6 down in the second to go up 5-0 in the third.
Into his fourth ATP final, Jarry will seek his second title tomorrow against Etcheverry. It’s his first final since his 2019 title run in Bastad.
Etcheverry won their lone meeting at 2022 Cordoba in the first round.
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