By Jennifer Knapp, in Barcelona

  • Nicolas Jarry [LL] def. Alexander Zverev [2] 3-6 7-5 7-6(5)

BARCELONA, SPAIN – World No. 3, Alexander Zverev suffered another early round loss, this time to Chilean Nicólas Jarry, as expectation continues to mount regarding his Slam credentials ahead of Roland Garros.

 

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Alexander  Zverev‘s disappointing season continued on Tuesday as the world number three was beaten by lucky loser Nicólas Jarry of Chile in the second round in Barcelona. Zverev had a match point at 6-5 and then a raced to a 3-0 lead in the final set tiebreak before going down 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(5) to Jarry, ranked 81st in the world.

Zverev started as the stronger of the two and didn’t offer up any breakpoint chances in the first set but as the match progressed, his level of play deteriorated.  Aside from an assortment of unforced errors, he double faulted 10 times with six coming in the third set alone.

“I just play bad, it’s not a secret. I’m missing backhands all over the places, which is my best shot. I cannot make one impressive shot. I’m double faulting. I’m in a hole. There’s no secret I’m in a hole now and I need to get out of it.”

Zverev had taken a late wildcard in Barcelona in search of both matches and form after a string of surprise defeats. It is the fifth consecutive tournament in which the world number three has failed to win more than one match.

The 22-year-old finished 2018 strong by beating both Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic en route to winning the ATP Finals but has since struggled to maintain momentum since.

Next up for Zverev is the Mutua Madrid Open where he is the defending champion. He’s not currently scheduled for Estoril but with one wildcard slot remaining, he may opt to get in a little more match play on clay.

Play continues at ATP Barcelona at 11am (10 am BST).

 

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