Published on September 21st, 2014 | by Daniel Boyle1
Nicolás Jarry Through to Challenger Final in Quito
Nicolás Jarry will face Argentina’s Horacio Zeballos in the final of the Challenger tournament in Quito, Ecuador.
Jarry will look to follow in the footsteps of fellow Chilean Gonzalo Lama, who took out his first Challenger title earlier in the year in Cali, Colombia. The Colombian soil did not treat Jarry so well, losing in the first round to the USA’s Wayne Odesnik in Medellín. In just his fifth Challenger tournament, Jarry (305) has reached his first final.
It was no easy feat either, with Brazil’s Joao Souza (109). After losing the first set in a tiebreak, Jarry took control of the match to go on and win 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3. That victory came after beating Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Londero in the previous round.
Zeballos, who was a surprise victor over Rafael Nadal at the ATP tournament in Viña del Mar in 2013, will be Jarry’s opponent. The Argentinian is currently ranked at 114.
Whatever the result of the final, Jarry will shoot well into the top 300 in the rankings, as well as booking a place at the qualifiers for the Australian Open. He will also return to number three on the Chilean standings.
After the decider, Jarry will join Gonzalo Lama at the Pereira Challenger in Colombia. Both Chileans have a tough opening encounter, with the lanky teenager facing Victor Estrella from the Dominican Republic, currently ranked at 72. The Davis Cup clash between Chile and the Dominican Republic saw an upward swing for Estrella, who was ranked 268 in September 2013.
Jarry made his debut in that tournament, falling alongside Jorge Aguilar in the doubles to Estrella and José Hernández. What may give some hope to the young Chilean is that Lama eased past the Dominican on his way to the Cali title.
The Chilean number one does not have things much easier, facing the USA’s Austin Krajicek (164).