Published on July 5th, 2014 | by Daniel Boyle0
Jarry and Rivera into Finals Action
Chile’s Nicolás Jarry and Guillermo Rivera have booked their places in the final of their respective Futures competitions in Europe.
Jarry reached his fifth final of the year at Germany’s F6 tournament, while Rivera is looking to add to his doubles crown at Bulgaria’s F3 tournament.
A strong year has seen Jarry continue his rise up the charts, having reached number 8 on the junior rankings, the 18-year-old is part of Chile’s new generation and a strong hope for future years. Despite an unorthodox style, Jarry has continued adding to his collection of victories, with the German final his latest in a string of strong performances throughout his European tour.
Jarry (388) has a strong advantage over Mats Moraing (752), but the German has already tasted Chilean blood in the tournament, having knocked out Ricardo Urzúa in the second round and Cristobál Saavedra in the semi-final. The two Chileans were runners-up in the doubles tournament.
Second seed Jarry reached the finals after a hard-fought victory over Belgian Julien Cagnina. With top seed Grzegorz Panfil knocked out in the first round, it was a battle between the top ranked players of the tournament, with Jarry too strong in the first set, but the Belgian, ranked 391, fought back to win the second set in a tiebreak. Jarry took control in the decider to win 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-3.
In Bulgaria, Guilermo Rivera had already tasted victory along with Juan Carlos Sáez in the doubles, but looked to add an extra title in the singles at the Plovdiv Cup.
Despite a ranking of 895, the Chilean showed he meant business by knocking out first seed Karen Khachanov in the first round, beating the 18-year-old Russian in three sets, with the first two going to a tie-break.
Rivera beat another Russian in the semi-final, knocking over Ronald Slobodchikov in straight sets to book an appointment with second seed Bulgarian Tihomir Grozdanov (466). It will be Rivera’s 20th career final, where he will look to pick up his first singles title since 2012.
In further good news for Chilean tennis, both Christian Garín and Daniela Seguel won their first round qualifying matches at their respective ATP and WTA events. Garín fought hard for his victory in Bastad, Sweden. The youngster beat Canada’s Erik Chvojka in three sets, winning 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.
Seguel beat Romania’s Cristina Ene in straight sets in Bucarest, but will have her work cut out for her when she comes up against Dutch player Kiki Bertens (86) in the second round of qualifying.