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Zverev vs Jarry tennis live streaming, preview and predictions – Zverev brings hunt for winning form to the Barcelona Open

Hannah Wilks in ATP Tour 22 Apr 2019
  • Alexander Zverev faces Nicolas Jarry in the second round of the Barcelona Open
  • Zverev vs Jarry is live from Barcelona on Tuesday at 2.30pm local/1.30pm BST
Alexander Zverev (PA Sport)

World no. 3 Alexander Zverev hasn’t won back-to-back matches at his last four tournaments, is he at risk of an early exit at the hands of lucky loser Nicolas Jarry at the Barcelona Open on Tuesday?

Alexander Zverev took a wildcard into the Barcelona Open looking for form – will he find it as he faces Nicolas Jarry to open his campaign?

Alexander Zverev lost early at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters (PA Sport)
Just 12-9 so far in 2019, it feels like Alexander Zverev is still trying to get his season going as we head towards May. After the highs of the 2018 season, including his third Masters 1000 Series title, Masters finals in Miami and Rome, a first Grand Slam quarterfinal at the French Open and of course triumphing at the Nitto ATP Finals with wins over Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, Zverev’s results so far in 2019 feel a bit of a letdown. The highlight was a runner-up finish in Acapulco, and he made the round of 16 at the Australian Open before losing to Milos Raonic in straight sets; but otherwise, Zverev has failed to win back-to-back matches at the last four events he played.

After early defeats at Indian Wells and Miami to Jan-Lennard Struff and David Ferrer respectively, to which illness contributed, Zverev must have taken a look at the points he had to defend during the clay season after going 21-5 on European clay in 2019, and if he didn’t slightly panic, he maybe should have. The world no. 3 promptly took a wildcard into the Grand Prix Hassan II, only to lose in the second round to Jaume Munar in straight sets. He played well, if unevenly, in a 6-1, 6-4 defeat of Felix Auger-Aliassime to open his Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters campaign, but it was brought to a swift end in the round of 16 by Fabio Fognini.

Zverev’s 6-7(7), 1-6 defeat to Fognini certainly looks a lot better since the Italian went on to win the entire Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, beating 11-time champion Rafael Nadal on the way, and there’s no denying that Zverev has been a bit unlucky with injuries and illness so far in 2019. But there’s also no getting away from the fact that Zverev has failed to win back-to-back matches at his last four tournaments, and that he has a lot of points to defend coming up shortly, starting with his Munich title next week.

So it’s not a surprising choice for Zverev to have taken a wildcard into the Barcelona Open, where he has played twice before, making the last 16 in 2016 and the same in 2017 before losing to Hyeon Chung. But the decision does smack a little bit of panic, and the draw hasn’t done him too many favours, raising the possibility that he could be headed to the BMW Munich Open next week even shorter on confidence.

First up for Zverev in Barcelona is Nicolas Jarry, the Chilean who booked his place in the second round despite having lost in qualifying.

Nicolas Jarry (PA Sport)
Jarry was defeated by Marcel Granollers in three sets in the final round of qualifying for the 500-level event, but got into the main draw as a lucky loser anyway, then was drawn to face none other than Granollers, reversing the result of his qualifying defeat to the Spanish veteran to get a 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 victory and set up the clash with Zverev.

The 6’6” Jarry, about 18 months older than the newly-turned-22 Zverev, won two Challenger titles at the end of 2017 to break into the top 100 for the first time and went on to have a sensational run during the 2018 Golden Swing, making the quarterfinals of the Ecuador Open in Quito, the semifinals of the 500-level Rio Open and reaching a first ATP Tour final in Sao Paulo, losing to Fabio Fognini. Jarry went on to make the quarterfinals of Estoril and, in the post-Wimbledon clay-court period, a second 500 semifinal in Hamburg and the semifinals of Kitzbuhel.

Jarry also got his first top-10 win in Hamburg, beating Dominic Thiem, and would go on to claim a second over Marin Cilic at the Shanghai Masters where he reached the round of 16.

As a result, Jarry hit a career-high ranking of world no. 38 in November 2018, but comes into the Barcelona Open down to world no. 81 after struggling to defend his points in 2019, having gone winless on the Golden Swing. Indeed, wins at any level have been hard to come by for Jarry in 2019, who is 8-10 on the year so far with five of those victories having come over players ranked outside the top 100. The best win he has had was against Frances Tiafoe, ranked world no. 35, at the Indian Wells Masters.

This will be the first match between Zverev and Jarry, and certainly it doesn’t look too bad for Zverev. Clay is Jarry’s best surface, obviously, but he’s a tall and powerful player and Zverev generally doesn’t have too much difficulty with players of that type. On the other hand, Zverev does seem to be struggling for confidence and conviction at the moment, generally alternating good sets with awful ones. It honestly wouldn’t be too surprising if Jarry took a set even if he didn’t get the win. 

Zverev vs Jarry Barcelona Open tennis is live on Tuesday at 2.30pm local/1.30pm BST

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