Italian Open 2024: Alexander Zverev Overcomes Nicolas Jarry To Win Sixth Masters 1000 Title

Alexander Zverev showed great athleticism to soak up Nicolas Jarry's big hitting during the one-hour, 41-minute minute clash.
Alexander Zverev

Alexander Zverev with Italian Open trophy

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Alexander Zverev moved past first-time Nicolas Jarry 6-4, 7-5 on Sunday at the Italian Open 2024 to win the title in Rome for a second time and ATP Masters 1000 crown for the sixth time.
Zverev will climb to No. 4 in the ATP Rankings on Monday, with his Rome title the biggest he has earned since he suffered a catastrophic ankle injury in the Roland Garros semi-finals in 2022.
Prior to Sunday, the German's most recent Masters 1000 triumph came in Cincinnati in 2021, while he also lifted the ATP Finals trophy in the same season.
"Obviously winning my first ever [Masters] here in Rome and winning my first after my injury also in Rome, so Rome is a very special place for me," Zverev said.
"It is a very, very special week," he added.
The 27-year-old Zverev showed great athleticism to soak up Jarry's big hitting during the one-hour, 41-minute minute clash. He took large cuts off both wings to take time away from the Chilean, who was unable to find the required consistency in crucial moments.
"He is playing huge and you can see by the players he has beaten here this week," Zverev said about Jarry.
"Playing incredible tennis. I told him if he continues to play like that he will have many chances at this level. Today I am extremely happy to be the winner," he added.
The 22-time tour-level champion was impressive throughout his run in Rome, where he dropped just one set. The third seed also lifted the trophy at the clay-court event in 2017 when he was just 20 years old.
Competing in his 11th Masters 1000 final and first since Madrid in 2022, Zverev won 95 per cent (37/39) of his first-serve points. He returned with depth and consistency to foil the Chilean’s big serve, improving to 5-2 in the pair’s ATP Head-to-Head series.
Zverev, who committed just eight unforced errors, squandered two match points on Jarry's serve at 5-4, before he eventually sealed victory on his fourth match point.
On the other hand, Jarry was competing in his first Masters 1000 title match, having defeated seeds Stefanos Tsitsipas and Tommy Paul en route. The 28-year-old, who is up to No. 17 in the ATP Live Rankings, was the first Chilean to reach a final at this level since Fernando Gonzalez in Rome in 2007.
The 21st seed has won tour-level titles at ATP 250 events in Bastad (2019), Santiago (2023) and Geneva (2023).
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