Zverev To Meet Jarry In Geneva Final
German No. 1 defeats Delbonis in three sets
Alexander Zverev advanced to his second ATP Tour final of the season on Friday, beating Federico Delbonis 7-5, 6-7(6), 6-3 at the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open.
"I am very happy with the win. I am very happy to be in the final and give myself an opportunity to win a tournament here," said Zverev.
The 10-time tour-level champion reached his 17th ATP Tour final after two hours and 38 minutes, firing 15 aces and winning 81 per cent of his first-serve points (51/63). Zverev is searching for his first trophy since triumphing at the Nitto ATP Finals in London last November (d. Djokovic). He finished runner-up to Nick Kyrgios earlier this season at Acapulco.
"I made 15 aces so my serve was doing alright... [Delbonis] beat great players on this surface already, he has done well on this surface and I think winning against him is a good win," said Zverev.
Zverev is through to his first clay-court final on the ATP Tour since last year's Internazionali BNL d'Italia. The German No. 1 owns a 4-2 record in tour-level finals on clay, which includes ATP Masters 1000 titles in Rome (2017) and Madrid (2018).
The World No. 5, who also defeated Hugo Dellien in three sets to reach the semi-finals, will meet Nicolas Jarry in the championship match. In their only previous FedEx ATP Head2Head encounter, at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell last month, the Chilean saved one match point to stun Zverev 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(5) in the second round.
"In Barcelona, I wasn't playing well there," said Zverev. "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."
Jarry saved four of five break points en route to his second ATP Tour final, beating Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com champion Radu Albot 6-3, 6-4. The 23-year-old is aiming to lift his first tour-level trophy after falling to Fabio Fognini in his maiden championship match at the 2018 Brasil Open.
"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.
"Normally you go away losing, because there is only one champion and I am happy to be playing for an opportunity to be the winner and be competing for a win."
Jarry has not dropped a set en route to the final in Geneva. Earlier this week, the 6'6" right-hander defeated seventh seed Matthew Ebden, Denis Kudla and Taro Daniel to reach the last four.
Marach/Pavic Save 1 MP To Reach Geneva Final
Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic were forced to save one match point en route to their second straight final in Geneva. The defending champions recovered from 2/6 and 9/10 down in the Match Tie-break to outlast Fabrice Martin and Andreas Mies 6-3, 3-6, 13-11.
The top seeds, aiming to lift their first trophy since triumphing at this event last year, will meet Ebden and Robert Lindstedt in the final. Marach and Pavic are aiming to become the first team to win back-to-back titles in Geneva since the tournament began in 1980.