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Tsitsipas vs Jarry ATP s-Hertogenbosch live streaming, preview and tips - Tsitsipas begins bid for first grass-court title at Libema Open

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 13 Jun 2019
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Nicolas Jarry is live from s-Hertogenbosch around 1.00pm local time on Thursday (12.00pm BST)
  • It will be the first career meeting between the pair
Stefanos Tsitsipas (PA Images)

Stefanos Tsitsipas begins his Libema Open title quest in s-Hertogenbosch on Thursday when he takes on Nicolas Jarry in the second round.

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World No. 6 and Libema Open top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas begins his bid for a first grass-court title on Thursday as he comes up against Nicolas Jarry in the second round in s-Hertogenbosch.

Tsitsipas continues to adopt a busy schedule as he starts his 15th tournament of the season at the 250-level Libema Open, making an immediate transition from clay to grass. The 20-year-old has only played 11 tour-level matches on grass in his short career so far, making the quarter-finals in s-Hertogenbosch last year, falling to eventual champion Richard Gasquet, while he also made the second round in Halle and the fourth round at Wimbledon, where he made the second week of a slam for the first time before going down to John Isner in straight sets.

The Greek has of course taken his game to another level in the 12 months since he left grass courts, finishing runner-up at the Canada Masters (beating four top 10 players in a row), winning his maiden ATP title on the indoor hardcourts of Stockholm and rounding out the year by taking home the Next Gen ATP Finals crown in Milan over Alex de Minaur. Tsitsipas started 2019 with a bang and has kept his foot on the pedal for the most part, scoring a famous win over Roger Federer to reach his first Grand Slam semi-final at the Australian Open, winning his second career title in Marseille and finishing runner-up in Dubai (where Federer got his revenge in the final).

Tsitsipas was a little quiet during Indian Wells and Miami, but he roared back to life during the clay season, claiming his first clay-court title in Estoril, beating Rafael Nadal on his way to the Madrid Masters final (lost to Djokovic), reaching the semi-finals in Rome and then going down to Stan Wawrinka in one of the best matches of Roland Garros, losing 8-6 in the fifth in the Round of 16. Tsitsipas has risen to No. 6 in the world courtesy of his 2019 season so far and has the joint-most victories on tour - can he continue his fine form on grass?


Nicolas Jarry is his first opponent on Thursday. While Tsitsipas hasn’t had the chance to play many matches on grass in his career, Jarry is in another ballpark, with the Chilean only playing five matches on the surface throughout his career - and none at Challenger at Futures level. There’s no doubt Jarry is a clay-courter for the most part at this stage (he’s 31-23 at tour-level on clay compared to 11-18 on hardcourt and 2-3 on grass), but he did beat rising teenager Jannik Sinner in straight sets earlier in the week to reach the second round at the Libema Open.

I think it’s fair to say Jarry has gone backwards so far in 2019. He first cracked the top 100 in 2017 on the back of three Challenger titles and was seemingly making some solid progress up the rankings in 2018, reaching the semi-finals of the 500-level Rio Open, finishing runner-up in Sao Paolo and making the semi-finals of Hamburg and Kitzbuhel. Jarry also advanced to the quarter-finals in Winston-Salem and beat Marin Cilic on his way to the Round of 16 at the Shanghai Masters to peak at No. 39 in the world, but he’s since dropped to a current mark of No. 60 with a 12-12 record for 2019 so far, with his inability to win a single match during February’s Latin America ‘Golden Swing’ the primary reason for his rankings slip. Jarry did make up for lost ground on European clay as he made the quarter-finals in Barcelona and finished runner-up to Alexander Zverev in Geneva, but will he be able to make an impact during the short grass swing?

That remains to be seen, but Tsitsipas is the big favourite for this encounter. It might take a little while for the Greek to get going - it will be his first match on grass for the season after so many battles on clay, but once Tsitsipas settles and sinks his teeth into the clash, he should have too much class for Jarry, who’s heavy game isn’t as effective (at this stage) on the lawns.


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Tsitsipas vs Jarry ATP s-Hertogenbosch live streaming, preview and tips - Tsitsipas begins bid for first grass-court title at Libema Open

Stefanos Tsitsipas begins his Libema Open title quest in s-Hertogenbosch on Thursday when he takes on Nicolas Jarry in the second round.

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