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Nicolas Jarry vs Nikoloz Basilashvili ATP Hamburg Preview, Predictions and Live Stream: Upset artistes meet in surprise Hamburg semi-final

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 27 Jul 2018
  • Nicolas Jarry vs Nikoloz Basilashvili is live from Hamburg on Saturday, 28 July from 3:00pm local time/ 2:00pm BST
  • First tour-level meeting between Jarry and Basilashvili
Nicolas Jarry. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

After taking down Dominic Thiem in the quarter finals, can Chilean, Nicolas Jarry progress into his second final on the ATP World Tour on Saturday? He plays Nikoloz Basilashvili for a place in the Hamburg final.

Thiem has been arguably the second-best player on clay behind Rafael Nadal in the last two seasons; and had muscled his way through the opening couple of rounds in Hamburg. When the Austrian enforcer broke in the third game of his Hamburg quarter final against Jarry, the anticipated procession had apparently begun. However, Jarry had other ideas. The Chilean broke Thiem as the top seed served for the opening set at 5-4, before battling back from 2-5 down in the tie break, winning five straight points to stun the top seed and take the opening set after 57 minutes. The first four games of the second set went against the server, but after 2-2, there were no more break points as both men cleaned up their serves, leading up another tie break.

Again, Thiem had the upper hand at 5-3, but an inspired Jarry refused to yield, battling back to win the breaker, 9-7, and take with it a 7-6 7-6 victory- his first win over a player ranked inside the top ten. The 22-year-old had earlier taken out Peter Gojowczyk in double quick time in the opening round before benefiting from a walkover in the second round after Richard Gasquet withdrew from their scheduled meeting.

“It was a great match for me and means that I am into my second [ATP World Tour] 500-level semi-final,” said Jarry. “It’s also my first Top 10 win and I’m really pleased, as I’ve been practising and training well. I didn’t serve as well as I’d like to, but I stayed focused in spite of being broken when up.”

Jarry might have recorded the biggest win of his career in terms of the quality of the opponent, but he is no stranger to making ATP semi-finals in 2018. The 22-year-old enjoyed an excellent spell in Latin America in February, advancing to his maiden ATP final in Sao Paolo (lost to Fabio Fognini), a week after making the semi-finals in Rio (lost to Schwartzman). He also lost out in the quarter finals in Quito; and made another quarter final in Estoril later in the year.

While he has been racking up the wins on clay, he has struggled, perhaps unsurprisingly, on other surfaces, with only three main draw match wins to his name outside the dirt. Crucially though, one of those wins was at Wimbledon- his first ever at a major. Currently ranked 69th in the world, Jarry peaked at No 59 in May, but he is set to beat that career-high ranking next week, as he is projected to rise to at least No. 51 in the world. Victory over Nikoloz Basilashvili could lift him as high as the top 40.

However, Basilashvili also has ambitions of his own, the most immediate of which is to take down Nicolas Jarry and proceed to the Hamburg final. 

Nikoloz Basilashvili. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP) (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)
After the week he’s had, he will not be lacking in confidence when he plays on Jarry on Saturday. Basilashvili has taken down three seasoned clay-courters this week, beating Philip Kohlschreiber in the opening round, Pablo Cuevas in the second, and most recently, Pablo Carreno Busta in the quarter finals on Friday. Can he add Jarry to his list of Hamburg conquests, and advance to his third ATP World Tour final?

Hot on the heels of Jarry’s sensational upset over Thiem, Basilashvili delivered his own, taking out Carreno Busta 7-6 6-4, the same score-line he had recorded in the previous round against Cuevas. Basilashvili broke in the first game of the match, and he held his advantage until he attempted to serve out the first set. The Spaniard faltered, but he held his nerve to dominate the subsequent tie break 7-3. Basilashvili had the early break in the second set, but it was cancelled out by Carreno Busta midway through the set. The underdog would not be denied though as he broke to love in the tenth game to complete a 7-6 6-4 victory. Prior to Hamburg, his previous best results from 2018 were quarter finals in Marrakech, Budapest and Antalya. He also got to the third round of the Australian Open in January in the only other result worthy of note from his 2018 season- before Hamburg.

The world number 81, who boasts a career-high ranking of No. 51, is projected to climb back into the top 60 by virtue of his performances in Hamburg. The more matches he wins, the higher he climbs of course, and he gets an immediate chance to boost that ranking when he takes on Nicolas Jarry on Saturday.

It’s hard to pick a favourite between the two as they have both played some excellent tennis to get this far. Jarry won their only previous meeting at a Challenger event in 2016. Opportunity beckons on one of these two players to advance to a rare ATP final, a 500-level final for that matter!

Nicolas Jarry vs Nikoloz Basilashvili is live from Hamburg on Saturday, 28 July from 3:00pm local time/ 2:00pm BST


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Nicolas Jarry vs Nikoloz Basilashvili ATP Hamburg Preview, Predictions and Live Stream: Upset artistes meet in surprise Hamburg semi-final

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