Carlos Alcaraz upset by Nicolas Jarry at Argentina Open

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — In the Argentina Open semifinals on Saturday, Nicolas Jarry of Chile defeated No. 2 seed Carlos Alcaraz 7-6 (2), 6-3. Following his greatest victory to date, Jarry will play hometown favorite Facundo Diaz Acosta in the championship match on Sunday. This will be their first encounter at the tour level. Although…

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — In the Argentina Open semifinals on Saturday, Nicolas Jarry of Chile defeated No. 2 seed Carlos Alcaraz 7-6 (2), 6-3.

Following his greatest victory to date, Jarry will play hometown favorite Facundo Diaz Acosta in the championship match on Sunday. This will be their first encounter at the tour level.

Although Alcaraz was the reigning champion, he hasn’t appeared to be as aggressive and focused this week as he did a year ago. After losing, the 20-year-old did something unusual for the Spaniard: he slammed his racket onto the court.

Following his loss, Alcaraz wished Nico success in the championship round. “Congratulations to Nico for this match,” Alcaraz stated. The Spaniard will compete in the Rio Open, a clay-court competition in Brazil that he won in 2022 and advanced to the championship match of last year, next week.

Even though he hasn’t participated in a championship event since August and hasn’t triumphed since Wimbledon, Alcaraz’s defeat on clay came for the fourth time in 31 games since the beginning of 2023. Additionally, he has only lost three times in 49 games during that time against opponents who were not in the top 20. At number 21, Jarry had suffered losses in his two prior meetings with Alcaraz.

On clay, Jarry will compete for his fourth ATP singles championship. In Bastad 2019, Genoa 2023, and Santiago 2023, he won his prior trophies. The Chilean was competitive against Alcaraz in the Rio Open competition last year, but she was defeated in three sets and had to leave the court in tears.

After the game, Jarry commented, “Carlos is one of the best; this means a lot to me.” “After the battle I had a couple of days ago (against Stan Wawrinka), a tough one physically, I am extremely happy I managed to compete again.”

In his maiden tour semifinal, Diaz Acosta—who started as a wild card with a career-high ranking of 87—beat Federico Coria, his compatriot from Argentina, 6-2, 6-3.

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