Stefanos Tsitsipas continues to struggle, out at Terra Wortmann Open

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Stefanos Tsitsipas was ousted on Wednesday from the Terra Wortmann. In doing so, Tsitsipas continued a run of not-great performances at recent tournaments. Nicolas Jarry defeated Tsitsipas in straight sets 7-6(9-7) 7-5.

It only took one break of a player’s serve – Jarry broke Tsitsipas in the second set – to be the true difference in the match. For whatever reason, Tsitsipas just can’t get over the hump at tournaments recently. Last week in Stuttgart, German, he lost in the second round of the Boss Open and he has made just one semifinal since April.

Jarry, though, has had a pretty good season so far. He won the Santiago Open in his native Chile in February and won the Geneva Open in May. He also made the round of 16 at the French Open and battled French Open runner-up Casper Ruud to three sets before falling 6-7 5-7 5-7. Might point being while Tsitsipas did lose on Wednesday, Jarry is no slouch.

Nicolas Jarry defeats Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Terra Wortmann Open

Jarry has just been on point so much recently with his first serve. Against Tsitsipas, Jarry had just six aces but he landed 79 percent (compared to 64 percent for his opponent) of his first serves and won 85 percent of those points. That is an extraordinarily high number.

Jarry also controlled the net and won 19 of 21 points when he approached. Tsitsipas won just 63 percent of his net points as Jarry hit winner after winner past him, finishing with 34 total.

The thing is that Tsitsipas isn’t playing horribly, but he also isn’t executing well. He is talented enough to bounce back, but now he is in a months-long relative slump with only two weeks before Wimbledon. Tsitsipas has the serve and ability to make a deep run at the next major, or he could lose again early.

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Jarry, meanwhile, is playing possibly the best tennis of his career. If he continues to dominate his service games and keep hitting accurate groundstrokes, he is going to be a tough out. He has a good game for grass as well, so he might be a sleeper pick at Wimbledon.