If done by Nicolás Jarry (507th in the ATP ranking) in the Challenger of SalinasIn Ecuador, he was already tremendously meritorious, when he reached the final overcoming stomach problems with vomiting on the court in his semifinal match, the Chilean thing is now really to applaud.
With little more than two hours of rest he had to go out to contest the definition of the contest this Monday. But the “Prince” did not accuse the physical decline, he recovered to defeat in the definition Colombian qualifier Nicolás Mejía (382 °) by partials of 7-6 (7) and 6-1 and win the title, his first crown in two years, after the 2019 Bastad trophy, and the first after his doping sanction.
The first round was too even and both players were firm with their service, without giving any chance to break, so everything had to be defined in a tie-break. It seemed that the Creole was clearly and overwhelmingly taking the tiebreaker by quickly getting 6-1 up, but the coffee grower reacted and even had a 7-6 set point, although the national saved him and then showed his experience to award it 9 -7.
Winning the tie-break gave Jaime Fillol’s grandson greater confidence, who in the second episode entered with everything and broke his rival’s serve in the second game. The native of Bogotá felt the blow and “Nico” was a steamroller, as he returned to get another break in the fourth and clinched the victory with his delivery in the seventh with a stop volleyball after an hour and a half.
In this way, Jarry, won his fourth title in the challenger category, after those obtained in Medellín, Quito and Santiago 2, all in 2017, but this is the first on a cement surface. In addition, he returns to celebrate a crown after almost two years, which will allow him to add valuable points to get among the top 400 and continue to recover ground after losing all the points and ranking due to his doping sanction in 2020.
The Chilean will remain in Ecuador to play the Salinas 2 Challenger this week, a contest that he entered thanks to a special exempt for not being able to play the qualy for presence in semis and final. The Creole will debut, most likely on Wednesday at a time to be confirmed, against Brazilian Orlando Luz (329 °).