Jarry Downs Delbonis To Reach Båstad Final
Chilean to meet Londero in final
The 23-year-old, who is yet to drop a set in Båstad, saved three of four break points to improve to 18-15 at tour-level this season. In May, Jarry also reached the championship match in Geneva without dropping a set. The Chilean held two championship points against World No. 5 Alexander Zverev, before falling in a final-set tie-break.
“Today was a very good match, I played really well,” said Jarry. “The key things were to try to have a high percentage of first serves and to return as well as possible. At the beginning, he was serving very good and I had to wait for my chances.”
Jarry is aiming join his grandfather, Jaime Fillol Sr., as a tour-level titlist. Fillol Sr. lifted six tour-level trophies and reached a career-high No. 14 in the ATP Rankings in 1974.
Jarry will meet Cordoba champion Juan Ignacio Londero for the title. The Argentine overcame 2016 titlist Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-3, 6-4 to reach his second ATP Tour final of the season. En route to the Cordoba trophy in February, Londero claimed victory in his only previous FedEx ATP Head2Head clash against Jarry.
“I am really looking forward to [the final],” said Jarry. “Juan Ignacio is a friend and he is playing really good this year. He already won his first ATP [Tour title] and I am looking for mine. It is going to be a tight match. I have to fight a lot.
“He is very fast. He is a grinder, so I have to play very aggressive and try to serve well. The key will be the returning games. I have to keep playing them well.”
Londero is making his second straight appearance in Båstad, after a first-round loss to Henri Laaksonen of Switzerland last year. The sixth seed has survived two three-set matches this week, including a quarter-final victory against last year’s runner-up Richard Gasquet.