The Chilean, Nicolas Jarry, had tripped twice at the final hurdle before today’s championship match against Juan Ignacio Londero at the Swedish Open. One of those times was earlier this year in Geneva against Alexander (Sascha) Zverev in a match in which he held two match points in the deciding tiebreak. The other time was just over a year ago in Sao Paulo when he led by one set to love against Fabio Fognini before the Italian turned the match around.
The favorite in this year’s final, Jarry revealed that he felt nervous at the beginning of the match. The conditions must certainly not have helped those nerves. Sunday was a windy day in Båstad and as rain clouds came in and out, the players were forced to hit with large margins of error. Jarry explained after the match that it was tough to do what he wanted to do.
Although Jarry said he was nervous to begin the match, it certainly didn’t seem so as he jumped out to an early 3-0 lead. Nevertheless, Londero would break back in the fifth game of the set. For the rest of the opener, both players held comfortably without facing a break point and gave the Centre Court crowd their third tiebreak of the day. In such difficult conditions in Båstad, this first set tiebreak seemed more important than ever. After gaining a minibreak at 5-4, the Argentine Londero held two set points at 6-4, with one on his own serve, but was unable to convert. Jarry saved the second set point with an ace before doing the same a couple of points later when he held a set point of his own at 8-7. Just as Jarry would have hoped, a 119 mph serve out wide gave him the crucial opening set.
The young Chilean’s serve was on full display in the second. Despite the best efforts of Londero, who played aggressive tennis throughout the set, Jarry’s service games were untouchable. Jarry didn’t face a single break point in the entirety of the second set and, after breaking Londero at 3-3, served out the match for his fifth straight sets victory of the tournament. Jarry showed no signs of tension when it mattered most and should be delighted with his performance in today’s windy and rainy conditions. He certainly deserved to take home the first ATP tour level title of his career with this 7-6(7), 6-4 win.