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ATP Tour: Sixth Masters 1000 Crown Thus Far: Alexander Zverev Defeats Jarry to Take Title in Rome

German sensation Alexander Zverev won the Italian International championship here and his sixth ATP Masters 1000 title on Sunday, defeating Nicolas Jarry, the first-time finalist, in straight sets. At the Internazionali BNL d’Italia on Sunday, the German defeated Jarry of Chile 6-4, 7-5 to win the championship in Rome for the second time.

With this victory, Zverev will move up to No. 4 in the ATP Rankings on Monday. This Rome trophy is the greatest he has won since he was injured badly in the quarterfinals of Roland Garros in 2022. The 27-year-old’s most recent Masters 1000 victory was in Cincinnati in 2021, the same year he won the ATP Finals trophy. That victory came before Sunday’s championship win.

During the one-hour and forty-one-minute match, Zverev displayed remarkable agility to absorb Jarry’s heavy hitting. He also took powerful cuts off both wings to wear down the Chilean, who was unable to maintain the necessary consistency at key times.

Throughout his run in the Italian city, the 22-time tour-level winner showed great form, dropping only one set. Even though he was just 20 years old, the third seed won the championship in the clay-court competition in 2017.

Zverev prevailed in 95 percent (37/39) of his first-serve points while competing in his 11th Masters 1000 final and first since Madrid in 2022. He improved to 5-2 in the two-match ATP head-to-head series after blocking the Chilean’s powerful serve with a deep and steady return.

On Jarry’s serve at 5-4, Zverev, who made only eight unintentional mistakes, wasted two match opportunities before sealing the win on his fourth match point.

After overcoming top seeds Tommy Paul and Stefanos Tsitsipas, Jarry was playing in his first Masters 1000 championship final. After Fernando Gonzalez in Rome in 2007, the 28-year-old became the first Chilean to reach an ATP Live Rankings final. He now stands at No. 17 in the rankings. The twenty-first seed has already won tour-level championships in the ATP 250 tournaments in Geneva (2023), Santiago (2023), and Bastad (2019).

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