Zverev Conquers Second Crown in Rome, Plays Masterpiece Final
Alexander Zverev becomes a two-time champion at the Foro Italico in Rome, Italy. May 19, 2024. Photo credit: Internazionali BNL d’Italia/FITP.

World number five Alexander Zverev captures his sixth Masters 1000 title, crown a two-time champion at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia after toppling 21st seed Nicolas Jarry in Sunday’s final.

In their seventh meeting at tour level, third seed Alexander Zverev and World No. 24 Nicolas Jarry faced off at the Foro Italico, battling for the Internazionali BNL d’Italia title on Sunday afternoon on Italian soil.

Following a brilliant performance, the former World No. 2 toppled Jarry, a three-time ATP winner, 6-4, 7-5 after one hour and 47 minutes.

The German made a flawless start to the opener, hitting three aces to inch ahead 1-0.

Moreover, neither player dropped a single point behind their serves as Zverev stayed the course, delivering a round performance to lead at 2-1.

Baseline exchanges set the tone of the fourth game, and after battles at deuce, Jarry held his ground, putting to good use his aggressive ball-striking to level the score at 2-2.

Then, the Hamburg-born stepped up the pressure in the eighth game, moving well to force the 28-year-old from Santiago de Chile to fend off two break points and hold at 4-4.

Moreover, he remained sharp behind his serve, winning 100 percent on his first serve points while executing his exquisite forehand with impressive precision.

In addition, his backhand quality was on point when he needed it most, a combination proven too powerful to beat on his way to convert a break in the 10th game, closing out 6-4 in 41 minutes.

A high-level display by both title contenders saw each player striking nine winners. However, the unforced errors made a difference for Zverev, who committed just two to 13 from his opponent.

With the wind in his sails, the 21-time ATP titlist continued to impose his rhythm, building momentum in the fourth game of the second set when the Chilean player saved two break points to level up 2-2.

Having held his serve without dropping a lone point in three of his four serve games, Zverev went the distance, becoming unplayable.

For his part, Jarry’s booming serve kept him in contention, putting up a gritty fight to find some breathing need when coming to the net, generating spectacular volleys.

In the 10th game, he recovered lost ground after firing two double faults, handing his adversary two break points opportunities, which the 27-year-old failed to maximize, drawing level at 5-5.

Showcasing depth and power, Zverev broke in the 12th game, firing a forehand forcing shot to take the set 7-5 and the championship match.

He finished with 15 winners to just eight unforced errors compared to his rival, 15 and 29, respectively.

Furthermore, he won 95 percent of his first serve points, losing only five points on serve.

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The 2017 Rome champion took the court aiming to become the 10th player in the Open Era to clinch multiple Rome titles, which he accomplished to reign on Roman soil, lifting his first trophy this season on Center Court.

The Chilean remarkable run led him to become the second player from his country to reach a Masters 1000 final, the first of his career.

Both will arrive in Roland Garros at the peak of their games, up for the fight on the iconic Terre battue.

Cecilia demartini
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Cecilia is a writer and journalist, passionate about motorsport and tennis.Her articles are published in newspapers and international online publications.

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