Big Men Zverev, Jarry Win 3-Setters To Reach Rome Masters Final

by Staff | May 17th, 2024, 11:04 pm
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Alexander Zverev is into his third Rome Masters final after rallying from a set down to defeat Alejandro Tabilo 1-6, 7-6(4), 6-2 in the semifinals on Friday.

Zverev, who won his first Masters event in Rome in 2017, shrugged off a tough opener and then some double fault woes in the second to wrestle control from the surprising lefty Tabilo who was appearing in his first Masters final.

“I was just hanging on in the second set. I brought my energy up. I was really just hanging on and waiting and the patience was kind of good today,” Zverev said to the tour. “He hit me off the court in the first set and I did not play well at all, but he was a big reason why. He gave me no rhythm and I am happy I turned it around in the tie-break and ran away in the third set.”

Zverev will seek his second Rome title against another Chilean on Sunday in Nicolas Jarry. The 6-foot-7 Jarry reached his biggest career final outlasting Tommy Paul 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-3 in just under three hours.

Jarry look in control leading a set and 4-2 when a blistering backhand late in the second gave Paul life. Jarry would get up a break in the third, though, then held his nerves needing five match points serving for it at 5-3 to finally put an to Paul who was celebrating his 27th birthday on Friday.

“I was pleased with how I came back with my aggressive tennis in the third set. To finish the match is never easy, but I made it through and it’s an amazing feeling,” Jarry told the ATP.

“It’s in those moments that I play my best tennis,” he said. “That’s when I got for it and if it goes in, amazing, if it doesn’t then you give it up. I try to be like that throughout the whole match. It’s difficult to maintain that level constantly, but I’m I the final, so…”

Zverev leads Jarry 4-2 but Jarray is 2-0 against the German on the clay.

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