(Reuters) – Nicolas Jarry claimed the biggest win of his career on Friday, defeating Tommy Paul 6-3 6-7(3) 6-3 in the Italian Open to reach his first ATP Masters 1000 final.

The Chilean, seeded 21st, is the first player from his country to reach a Masters 1000 final since Fernando Gonzalez in Rome in 2007. He will also move up in the world rankings to 17th.

“I think I played my best tennis. I gave it everything and went for it. I did that the whole match. It’s hard to keep that level of concentration, but now I’m in the final,” Jarry said.

Jarry produced a relentless display of power, hitting 13 aces and 35 winners from the baseline to dispatch Paul in two hours and 44 minutes.

“It was hard to enjoy it. I tried anyway. The important thing is that I came back with my best tennis in the third set and was aggressive. It’s never easy to finish, but I did it and it’s amazing the feeling I have now,” Jarry added.

The 28-year-old, who beat sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarter-finals, will meet Germany’s Alexander Zverev in the final on Sunday.

(Reporting by Angelica Medina in Mexico City; Editing by Will Dunham)

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