Alexander Zverev got close to reaching his first ATP final at the 2023 Geneva Open since last year's injury, but lost in the semifinals.
Over the past few months, Nicolas Jarry showed that he's able to play tennis that can beat the best players in the world, and in Geneva, he's showing that again. In the quarterfinals, he defeated the two-time defending champion Casper Ruud and took on the third seed from Germany in the semifinals.
Zverev needed a good run ahead of the Roland Garros, where he defend last year's semifinal. He certainly achieved that by reaching the semifinals in Geneva, but the former world no. 2 certainly wanted to take it another step further.
The two met three times before, with all meetings taking part during the 2019 clay-court season. The German won two of those matches, but in their first-ever H2H meeting, Jarry was the winning player.
Similar to their previous meetings, fans in Geneva could expect tie-break also this time, and that became reality already in the first set. The Chilean handled that much better, winning the tie-break 7-3 and gaining a one-set advantage.
In the second set, Jarry got a crucial break in the fourth game and after Zverev couldn't break back in his 9th game with his only break point in the match, Jarry won the match 7-6(3), 6-3 to advance to the 2023 Geneva Open final.
In the final, he will take on another player that waited a very long time for a final appearance on the ATP Tour. It's been five years since Grigor Dimitrov competed for the trophy, but the fourth-seeded Bulgarian will have a chance to win it now.
Both players will be also looking to finish their preparation for the 2023 Roland Garros on a winning note as the tournament promises to be an exciting battle for the trophy amid absence from the 14-time champion Rafael Nadal.