ATP roundup: Nicolas Jarry downs Carlos Alcaraz at Argentina Open

League: Tennis

Posted on: 18 Feb, 2024 at 03:19 AM

Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Third-seeded Chilean Nicolas Jarry cruised to a 7-6 (2), 6-3 upset of No. 1 seed Carlos Alcaraz of Spain on Saturday in the semifinals of the IEB+ Argentina Open in Buenos Aires.

Jarry battled back from a 6-5 deficit in the first set to force a tiebreaker, where he raced out to a 6-1 lead that ended up being too much for Alcaraz to handle. Jarry then won the final three games of the second set to complete the sweep.

Alcaraz was the defending champion of the Argentina Open. He didn't record a single ace on Saturday while Jarry recorded seven, and the latter also saved three of four break points.

With the win, Jarry punched his ticket to the final, where he will face wild card Facundo Diaz Acosta of Argentina. Diaz Acosta beat countryman Federico Coria 6-2, 6-3 in Saturday's other semifinal. Coria was playing on a special exemption.


Top-seeded Italian Jannik Sinner earned a 6-2, 6-4, straight-set victory over Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor to advance to the final in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Although Griekspoor was playing in front of a friendly crowd, it was Sinner who was in full control of the match, saving all six break points he faced while picking up seven aces.

Sinner will face Australia's Alex de Minaur, the fifth seed, in the final, a 6-4, 6-3 winner over Bulgarian sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov.

Delray Beach Open

No. 3 seed Tommy Paul coasted to a 6-2, 6-2 win over No. 2 seed Frances Tiafoe in an all-American semifinal battle in Florida.

Paul racked up eight aces and converted four of four break points to knock off Tiafoe, who took a 1-0 lead in the second set before dropping five straight games to all but seal the outcome.

Another American will be headed to the final, as No. 1 seed Taylor Fritz eliminated Marcos Giron 7-6 (8), 6-2. Fritz dominated in aces, 10-1, while Giron had more double faults, 5-1, and unforced errors, 10-3. Giron had an uphill battle, having to save 11 of 15 break points.

--Field Level Media