Tennis runs in Nicolas’ Jarry’s blood.
Yes, the 23-year-old is extremely dedicated to the sport. But professional tennis flows through Jarry’s veins. Most notably, his grandfather Jaime Fillol, a founding member of the ATP who won six ATP Tour singles titles, 15 doubles trophies and climbed as high as No. 14 in the ATP Rankings in 1974.
“He’s one of the best Chilean tennis players [ever],” Jarry said. “He’s taught me the sport since I was little. He took me to great tournaments. I remember Wimbledon when I was 12, and I remember going to the US Open a couple of times. They used to make an ATP [Tour event] in Santiago, so I was always, always involved in tennis.”
According to Jarry, Fillol made all his sons and daughters play tennis until they were 14. Fillol’s brother Alvaro Fillol reached No. 102 in singles and the Top 50 in doubles. Jarry’s aunt Cataline Fillol is the tournament director of an ATP Challenger Tour event held in Santiago, Chile, which Jarry won two years ago. The World No. 79 is also coached by his uncle Martin Rodriguez, who peaked at No. 71 in singles and No. 15 in doubles.
“I was always doing sports and tennis grew a little bit more every year until I began doing some fitness before school and when I finished I dedicated myself completely to the sport,” Jarry said.
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Chilean tennis has a rich history, with three players cracking the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings in recent years: Marcelo Rios, Nicolas Massu and Fernando Gonzalez.
“Of course the Top 3 Chilean players — Massu, Rios, Gonzalez — they’ve always been players that I’ve looked up to,” Jarry said. “But outside that of course, the top players. Del Potro, the South American, Cilic, Anderson.”
It’s fitting that of today’s players, Jarry looks up to the likes of Juan Martin del Potro, Marin Cilic and Kevin Anderson. All are tall players who look to dictate play from the baseline.
Jarry is 6’6”, and his biggest weapons are his abbreviated yet powerful serve and his booming forehand. Infosys ATP Scores & Stats show that in 2018, Jarry ranked 15th on the ATP Tour by winning 83 per cent of his service games.
No. 4 (Joint-Career High) Dominic Thiem, +4
The 25-year-old claimed the biggest title of his career on Sunday by lifting his first ATP Masters 1000 trophy at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells with a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory over Roger Federer. The Austrian, who had previously finished runner-up in two ATP Masters 1000 finals at the Mutua Madrid Open in 2017 (l. to Nadal) and 2018 (l. to Zverev), first rose to No. 4 in the ATP Rankings on 6 November 2017, spending two weeks in the position. Read More & Watch Indian Wells Final Highlights
No. 45 Jan-Lennard Struff, +10
The 28-year-old advanced to the fourth round of an ATP Masters 1000 for the first time in beating John Millman, Ricardas Berankis and No. 3-ranked Alexander Zverev, before falling to Milos Raonic. In rising 10 spots, the German is now one place off his career-high of No. 44 (8 May 2017).
No. 54 (Career High) Hubert Hurkacz, +13
The 22-year-old continues his rise, moving from No. 88 in the ATP Rankings at the start of 2019 to his current position of No. 54. The Pole reached his first ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final (l. to Federer), which included his second Top 10 win — over No. 7 Kei Nishikori in the third round — and Denis Shapovalov in the fourth round.
No. 64 Yoshihito Nishioka, +10
The Japanese moved up to six places off his career-high (No. 58 on 20 March 2017) after a thrilling run to the Indian Wells fourth round, which includes victories over Denis Kudla, Roberto Bautista Agut and in-form Felix Auger-Aliassime.
No. 95 (Career High) Miomir Kecmanovic, +35
The 19-year-old Serbian qualified for his second ATP Masters 1000 tournament in Indian Wells, where he reached the quarter-finals (l. to Raonic). He rises 35 places to a career-high No. 95.
Other Notable Top 100 Movers This Week
No. 6 Kei Nishikori, +1
No. 12 Karen Khachanov, +1
No. 36 Marton Fucsovics, -5
No. 37 Stan Wawrinka, +3
No. 46 (Career High) Radu Albot, +7
No. 52 Matteo Berrettini, +5
No. 56 Taylor Fritz, -10
No. 68 Sam Querrey, -17
No. 71 Denis Kudla, -6
No. 74 (Career High) Hugo Dellien, +13
No. 79 Nicolas Jarry, +7
No. 80 Guido Andreozzi, +8
No. 82 Ricardas Berankis, +13
No. 84 (Career High) Prajnesh Gunneswaran, +13
No. 85 Pablo Cuevas, -12
No. 92 Hyeon
A LOOK BACK
Arizona Tennis Classic (Phoenix, Arizona, USA): If the first edition of the Arizona Tennis Classic is any indication of what's to come, the tournament will be a staple on the ATP Challenger Tour for many years.
Matteo Berrettini and Mikhail Kukushkin produced arguably the most dramatic match of the Challenger season thus far, battling for two hours and 50 minutes in Sunday's final. It was the Italian prevailing in the end, ousting his Kazakh opponent 3-6, 7-6(6), 7-6(2) after saving one match point in the second set.
What a way to finish!
Matteo Berrettini saves a match point to clinch his third #ATPChallenger title, rallying past Kukushkin 36 76(6) 76(2) in Phoenix. pic.twitter.com/I9eAashtSg
One year after Kukushkin ousted Berrettini in the final edition of the event in Irving, Texas, the Italian got his revenge at the inaugural Challenger 125 in Phoenix. Same week, same final match-up, but a different result under the Arizona sun.
Less than a year after lifting his maiden ATP Tour trophy in Gstaad, Berrettini celebrated his third Challenger title. The 22-year-old Rome native is off to a strong start to 2019, having also reached the semi-finals at the Sofia Open.
With Berrettini entering the week at No. 57 in the ATP Rankings and Kukushkin at No. 43, it was the highest-ranked Challenger final in two years. As a whole, the tournament featured a world-class field, with all 16 seeds inside the Top 100. David Goffin led the pack, but was upset in the quarter-finals by Salvatore Caruso.
Pingshan Open (Shenzhen, China): This was a long time coming for Marcos Baghdatis. After five years, the former World No. 8 returned to the winners' circle, claiming the title in Shenzhen. The second seed defeated Stefano Napolitano 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 in Sunday's final, capping a strong week in the Chinese city.
Baghdatis had dropped four straight finals - three on the ATP Tour and one on the Challenger circuit - since he last lifted a trophy at the 2014 Geneva Challenger. But this was the Cypriot's week to shine. He is pushing towards a Top 100 return after struggling with a knee injury in 2018. Having also secured a signature Top 20 win over Lucas Pouille last month in Montpellier, the 33-year-old is making his move in the early stages of the year.
Who said that Dominic Thiem can bring his best tennis only on clay courts?
The Austrian completed a dream fortnight on Sunday at the BNP Paribas Open by toppling Roger Federer for his first ATP Masters 1000 title. Fans perhaps best know Thiem for his clay-court prowess, but the high-bouncing hard courts in Indian Wells suited his game perfectly and his skills on slower surfaces seamlessly transferred over.
“It feels unreal what happened in these 10 days. I came with really bad form in all categories and now I'm the champion of Indian Wells,” said Thiem. “It's amazing that I did my first big title here on a different surface than clay. I turned a pretty bad start to the season to a very good one."
After a first-round exit last month at the Rio Open presented by Claro, Thiem was able to prepare for nearly two weeks in Indian Wells with new coach Nicolas Massu. The hours logged on the practise court were evident and Thiem delivered a high-quality brand of attacking tennis that gave no indication of his 3-4 record to start the season.
Perhaps the most satisfying part of his title run is who he defeated. After beating Milos Raonic in the semi-finals for the first time in their three FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings, Thiem took out Federer for the first time on a hard court. He became one of at least five players to defeat Federer on all three surfaces, joining Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Patrick Rafter.
But Thiem was quick to praise Federer after the match and said he will likely never catch up to the Swiss star’s 100 tour-level singles titles. He also noted how difficult it still is to beat Federer, in part because of everything he’s accomplished throughout his career.
“He's such a legend. For all of us younger players, it's a privilege to still be able to compete with him and play against him in the finals of big tournaments like this one,” said Thiem. “Against Roger, Rafa, Novak, and some other guys, you have to beat not only the player, but also the great aura they have and all these titles they have won. You have to play doubly good to beat them.”
Thiem’s victory at Indian Wells moves him up to No. 4 in the ATP Rankings, matching his career-best standing. He also jumps well inside the Top 8 of the ATP Race To London. But with his first match at the Miami Open presented by Itau less than a week away, Thiem i