Jarry Breaks New Ground, Reaches Kitzbühel Semi-finals
Istomin, Munar both win in straight sets
The 22-year-old grandson of former World No. 14 Jaime Fillol continued his run in Kitzbühel by beating last week's J. Safra Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad champion Matteo Berrettini of Italy 7-5, 6-3 in 84 minutes on Friday. Jarry, competing this week at a career-high No. 53, started the year at No. 113 in the ATP Rankings.
“I am very happy as I am playing very well,” said Jarry. “I am very calm and focused at the right moments and I’ve handled the pressure well. I haven’t been broken a lot, which has helped my confidence and every game I’m returning and playing from the baseline better.”
Jarry will now prepare to meet Uzbekistani qualifier Denis Istomin, who was solid on serve to beat sixth seed Maximilian Marterer of Germany 6-3, 6-3 in 66minutes. The World No. 95 is through to his first ATP World Tour semi-final since October 2017, when he advanced to the Chengdu Open final (d. Baghdatis).
Spaniard Jaume Munar, who was at No. 200 on 2 April, moved into his first ATP World Tour semi-final by beating Taro Daniel of Japan 7-6(3), 6-3 in two hours. Daniel won his first ATP World Tour crown in May at the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open (d. Jaziri).
The World No. 88 awaits Slovakian qualifier Martin Klizan, who saved two match points at 4/6 in the second-set tie-break before ousting eighth-seeded Serbian Dusan Lajovic 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-2 after two hours, 22 minutes. It is Klizan's first tour-level semi-final of the season, with his best previous results coming in Barcelona and Munich, where he reached back to back quarter-finals.
Jebavy/Molteni Upset In-Form Top Seeds
Roman Jebavy and Andres Molteni ended the nine-match winning streak of top seeds Julio Peralta, which includes back-to-back tour-level titles, in a 6-3, 7-5 quarter-final win over 73 minutes.
Peralta and Zeballos came into the ATP World Tour 250 tournament on the back of trophies at the SkiStar Swedish Open (d. Bolelli-Fognini) and the German Tennis Championships 2018 presented by Kampmann (d. Marach-Pavic).