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Zverev vs Jarry ATP Geneva Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Zverev targets first title of the season; Jarry wants first career title

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 25 May 2019
  • Alexander Zverev vs Nicolas Jarry is live from Geneva on Saturday, 25 May from 3:30pm local time/ 2:30pm BST
  • Jarry defeated Zverev in their only previous meeting in Barcelona
Alexander Zverev (PA Sport)

Alexander Zverev attempts to win his first title of the season when he takes on Chile's Nicolas Jarry at the Geneva Open on Saturday.

Zverev is into just his second final of 2019, and his first since he contested the title match in Acapulco at the start of March (lost to Nick Kyrgios).

His 2019 struggles have sharply contrasted his form in the previous seasons, when he shot through the ATP ranks to establish himself as one of the best players in the world. Zverev claimed nine titles in a terrific spell between 2017 and 2018, including Masters 1000 crowns in Rome, Montreal and Madrid, and the Nitto ATP Finals title at the end of 2018. The question at the start of the 2019 season was whether he could transform his success at the regular ATP tournaments to Grand Slam level, but that has now been relaxed for the time being with his overall form falling well short of the standards he had set in the previous seasons.

Zverev is 16-10 in 2019, with his numbers boosted by his three wins in Geneva this week. (He is the only top-ten player competing this week). The world No. 5 opened his season with a fourth round run at the Australian Open, but he did feature again on the ATP Tour until Acapulco, due to an ankle injury he had sustained on the eve of the Australian Open. A runner-up finish in Acapulco looked set to launch into bigger things at the time, but the launch never came, as his results fell away significantly after Acapulco. 

Zverev limped to a 6-8 record after that Acapulco final, failing to string together back-to-back wins in seven of his next eight tournaments, but he appears to have gotten a much needed reprieve in Geneva just in time for the French Open.

It hasn't been plain sailing for Zverev in the Swiss city- he opened with a comfortable 6-2 6-1 victory over Ernests Gulbis, but he was dragged to three sets by Hugo Dellien in the quarter finals, and then, by Federico Delbonis in the semis before squeezing into the championship match.

“I am very happy with the win (against Delbonis). I am very happy to be in the final and give myself an opportunity to win a tournament here," said Zverev.

Zverev sent down 15 aces in his semi-final victory over Delbonis, while he won 81% of points on his first serve in the two-hour 38-minute, 7-5 6-7 6-3 victory over the Argentine.

Standing between the top seed and an eleventh career title is Nicolas Jarry, who has proceeded to the Geneva final without dropping a set.

The Chilean has beaten Matthew Ebden, Denis Kudla, Taro Daniel and Radu Albot to set up Saturday's meeting with Zverev. Jarry has only started to find some form on the European clay after a very poor start to the season. The 23-year-old defeated Robin Haase in his first match of the year in Doha, but that was followed by a six-match losing streak, including opening round exits on the South American clay of Cordoba, Buenos Aires and Rio.

He doubled his win tally for the season at Indian Wells, where he defeated Frances Tiafoe (before falling to Kyle Edmund), but it wasn't until the Barcelona Open that he managed to put together consecutive tour-level wins for the first time this season. He got to the quarter finals in Barcelona, beating Zverev and Grigor Dimitrov along the way. An inconsistent season took another dip as he failed to qualify for Rome and Madrid, and crashed in the first round of the Estoril Open, but he's regained some form in Geneva, where he will play for his first ATP title on Saturday.

“I am very happy to be, once again, in a final, competing for a tournament [win]," said Jarry. "It is what we play for every week. It is an opportunity to give your best and to do better than the last week and to try to win the tournament”.

Jarry's only previous final was in Sao Paolo last year (lost to Fabio Fognini), during a breakout spell in the South American clay-court swing in February. He also reached the quarterfinals in Quito and the semis in Rio, rising to 61st in the rankings as a consequence, having begun the year outside the top 100. He got as high as 39th later in the year, on the back of more clay-court goodness in Hamburg and Kitzbuhel (he made semi-finals in both tournaments), and a third-round performance at the Shanghai Masters. 

Jarry lost a lot of ranking points after his poor start to 2019, particularly that 0-3 run in South America, and subsequently dropped of the top-80. He is currently at 75th in the world.

The 23-year-old has already beaten Zverev this year- in their only previous meeting in Barcelona- and that psychological boost could be a big factor in the outcome of Saturday's match. The Chilean has been in fine form this week, and with the reassurance from his previous victory over Zverev, he is very capable of taking away the title.

“In Barcelona, I wasn't playing well there," said Zverev in reference to their Barcelona meeting. "I don't think it was a very high level match, to be honest... I think we are both playing better now and it is going to be completely different, I think."

Going by how they have played this week, and Jarry's victory over Zverev in Barcelona, and the Chilean's more proactive style of play relative to Zverev’s, I'm leaning towards the underdog to pick up his maiden tour-level title on Saturday.

Alexander Zverev vs Nicolas Jarry is live from Geneva on Saturday, 25 May from 3:30pm local time/ 2:30pm BST

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Zverev vs Jarry ATP Geneva Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Zverev targets first title of the season; Jarry wants first career title

Alexander Zverev and Nicolas Jarry go head-to-head for the second time this season as they battle for the Geneva title. Can Zverev earn revenge for his Barcelona defeat and claim his first title of the season? Read our preview, predictions and stream the match live online.

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