Jarry's dominance proved too much for Dimitrov, who was competing in his first final since Rotterdam in 2018.
Nicolas Jarry has regained his ATP Tour title winning form. On Saturday at the Gonet Geneva Open, the Chilean defeated fourth seed Grigor Dimitrov 7-6(1), 6-1 to win his third tour-level title and second of the season. Jarry’s dominance proved too much for Dimitrov, who was competing in his first final since Rotterdam in 2018. After one hour and 36 minutes, the 27-year-old smashed eight aces and won 89% (33/37) of his first-serve points to earn his 17th win of the season. “I feel amazing,” Jarry said. “It has been a great year. After all the work with my team and family we are having a great year and I am very happy for that. It is very special. Two finals, one title here. I am very happy.”
Jarry, who won the trophy in Santiago in March, defeated former Geneva champions Casper Ruud and Alexander Zverev on his way to his second Geneva final. Jarry lost to Zverev in the 2019 ATP 250 clay-court final, but he made sure history did not repeat itself against Dimitrov. Jarry has risen 19 places in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings to No. 35. In July 2019, he surpassed his previous career high of No. 38. Dimitrov was aiming for his ninth tour-level title and first since winning the ATP Finals in 2017.
Arthur Fils won his first tour-level title on Saturday at the Open Parc Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Lyon, defeating Francisco Cerundolo 6-3, 7-5 to become the tournament’s youngest champion. The 18-year-old, who defeated Brandon Nakashima in three sets in the semi-finals, fought hard throughout the one-hour, 36-minute final. In their first meeting, he overpowered the fourth-seeded Argentine with great agility and open shoulders. Fils collapsed to the floor after sealing victory on his first championship point, surrounded by a raucous home crowd.
“I will remember this forever,” Fils said. “It has been a great week. It has been amazing. I am happy with the win and now I want more. It was a tough semi-final match. Today I came onto court with not lots of energy, but I was focused on my game and trying my best. I was feeling that I was playing well earlier [this week] but I didn’t maybe expect that I would win the tournament.”
Fils became the ATP Tour’s youngest champion this year with his 10th tour-level victory of the season. In addition, he is the third teenager to win a trophy in 2023, following Carlos Alcaraz (Indian Wells, Barcelona, and Buenos Aires) and Holger Rune (Munich). Fils advanced to the semi-finals in Montpellier and Marseille earlier this season. He did, however, find another level in Lyon. With his title win, he moved up to third place in the Pepperstone ATP Live Next Gen Race. The Frenchman is also on track to break into the Top 100 for the first time, having risen 49 places to No. 63 in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings. Fils and his countryman Luca Van Assche, both 19, are the only teenagers in the Top 100 as Roland Garros approaches.