SALZBURG, July 6, 2021
Nicolas Jarry headlined Tuesday’s action at the Salzburg Open by knocking out Thiago Monteiro of Brazil, top seed of the €132,280 ATP Challenger Tour tournament, in three hard-fought sets. The qualifier from Chile fired 25 aces and won 79 per cent of his first-service points to seal a 6-7(2), 7-6(4), 7-6(4) victory.
World No. 309 Jarry achieved his highest ATP singles ranking of 38 in July 2019 after clinching his first ATP Tour title in Bastad, Sweden. During the Davis Cup Finals later in that year, Jarry tested positive for Ligandrol and Stanozolol. The South American was suspended from competition for 11 months. The ban expired on 15 November, with Jarry subsequently entering the 2020 Lima Challenger via wild cards in singles and doubles. Earlier this season, the 25-year-old from Santiago captured his fourth ATP Challenger career title by lifting the trophy of the Salinas Open in Ecuador.
Jarry will try to continue his good run of form facing German wild card entry Peter Heller in the second round of the clay-court event.
Later in the day, No. 2 seed Pablo Cuevas opened his Salzburg campaign with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Kazakh qualifier Denis Yevseyev. The World No. 84 from Uruguay capitalized on four of his seven break-point chances to prevail after one hour and 26 minutes.
Cuevas will next face Danilo Petrovic of Serbia, who beat Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis 6-2, 7-6(4). The encounter lasted one hour and 37 minutes.