GENEVA — Uncleaved Nicholas Jarry drove past Grigor Dimitrov won the Geneva Open final 7-6(1), 6-1 on Saturday and is set to move up to his career best finish, which has been held back by a doping case.
Former Dimitrov, ranked third, was in contention for his first title since the 2017 ATP Tour Finals, a career-best finish.
Instead, Jarry, ranked 54th, won his second title of the season, scoring his first match point when Dimitrov was unable to land a powerful serve with his backhand.
Jarry celebrated by walking across the pitch to where his family was watching him, and handed his racket to his young son.
It was the 27-year-old Chilean’s third career ATP title, all of which have been clay-court titles in the bottom 250.
“It has been a great year after a very difficult few years. I’m very happy about that,” said Jarry, who was runner-up against Zverev in Geneva in 2019.
Jarry is now set to rise above the career-high 38th place he reached in 2019 before a failed doping test cut short his career.
He completed an 11-month suspension in 2020 after testing positive for two banned substances, including an anabolic steroid, during the Davis Cup Finals. The International Tennis Federation concluded that Jarry was not significantly at fault for ingesting a contaminated vitamin supplement manufactured in Brazil.
Dimitrov played in his first final since February 2018 when he lost to Roger Federer in Rotterdam.
“It’s been a while since I’ve done something like this,” said Dimitrov, who finished 33rd in the rankings, collecting the trophy for second place. “It’s been a bumpy road, but I’m very grateful to be back here to be part of the final.”
Jarry took a 2-1 lead on Saturday on the winner’s backhand pass, allowing him to capitalize on the only break point he had in the first set.
Dimitrov broke in game eight when Jarry made a double fault.
Jarry dominated the tie-break and ended the set when he attacked the net and forced Dimitrov to hit a half volley from the backhand.
Dimitrov lost his first two service games in the second set, first with a forehand forehand and then a low backhand volley into the net.
The Geneva Open is the last warm-up on clay before the start of the French Open on Sunday.
At Roland Garros, Jarry will face Hugo Dellien from Bolivia in the first round, ranked 160th. The winner then faces 16th seeded American Tommy Paul.
Dimitrov is seeded No. 28 in Paris and will first face 147th ranked Timofey Skatov of Kazakhstan.