Watch: Corentin Moutet's tense moment with Nicolas Jarry & Sheds light: 'He said...'

Jarry stopped Moutet at the net following their Santiago quarterfinal match.

by Dzevad Mesic
Watch: Corentin Moutet's tense moment with Nicolas Jarry & Sheds light: 'He said...'
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Corentin Moutet revealed more details about his tense post-match scene with Nicolas Jarry as the Frenchman claims he was called "pathetic" by the Chilean following their Santiago match.

On Friday, world No. 140 Moutet was taking on first-seeded Jarry in the Santiago semifinal. After upsetting the top seed and home favorite Jarry 7-6 (5) 7-6 (3), Moutet was stopped at the net by Jarry as they were shaking hands. While nothing could be heard, it appeared that Jarry stopped Moutet because he had something that he wanted to say to the Frenchman. 

Even before Moutet came to the net, he was already heavily booed by the Santiago crowd. Those boos continued during the scene with Jarry and after they went their separate ways. 

After the match, 24-year-old Moutet suggested he was very surprised with Jarry's comment because he actually thought that the Santiago crowd was "pathetically" behaving toward him during the entire match. 

“There were so many people against me, booing, making noise when I was serving. So I think I didn’t do anything ‘pathetic’. I think I survived well, I played good. You should ask him why he said that. We are not exactly best friends on tour, actually I don’t know him well,” Moutet told CLAY.

Corentin Moutet and Nicolas Jarry
Corentin Moutet and Nicolas Jarry© Septimo Game - X

Moutet, who won two qualifying matches in Santiago before also winning his first three main draw matches, said he was sorry over how things went with the crowd during the Jarry match.

“It’s unfortunate because there was not a pleasant atmosphere. I like playing in Chile: in the qualifying and in all my matches they supported me because I opened my heart, I gave a lot to the people and shared with them. Sport is made for that. My coach and my family are here, I know what I did right or wrong and today I did everything right," Moutet said.

Moutet hopes the Santiago crowd does him better against Alejandro Tabilo

By beating Jarry, Moutet set up a Santiago semifinal against another Chilean, 51st-ranked Tabilo. After everything that happened against Jarry, Moutet simply expressed his hope that the same won't happen on Saturday when he meets Tabilo. When making that statement, Moutet said it "would be better for everyone" if there weren't any tense or unfair scenes. 

“It’s sad when you play against Chilean players and people behave like that. I don’t know if the crowd will be smarter. I think if they are more respectful it would be a better atmosphere for everybody. Even for my oponent, it’s not good when there is such a big noise when we are playing. I know Tabilo more because we are closer in age. I’m gonna do my match, he is a great player. We’ll gonna see who is the best," Moutet said. 

Corentin Moutet
Corentin Moutet© Getty Images Sport - Julian Finney

After the match, Moutet also took to X to share a message.

“Always fight hate with love. I’ve been thru so many things last year that I can only share love and thanks the people around me. Into semis, IDEMO," Moutet wrote on X after the match.

How Moutet upset Jarry to set up a Tabilo match?

Going into the match, world No. 22 Jarry was considered the favorite to impose over 14t0th-ranked Moutet. But Moutet came out playing well and he didn't allow Jarry to claim an early lead. 

After eight games without a break, Jarry managed to finally earn the first break of the match in the ninth game and open a 5-4 lead. Just when it seemed that Jarry managed to break Moutet's game, the Chilean failed to serve out for the first set in the 10th game as the Frenchman got the break back to tie the opener to five games apiece.

After both players held on to their serves in the 11th and 12th games, the first set went into a tie-break - where Moutet won the opening five points before ultimately opening a 6-3 lead and earning three consecutive set points. Jarry saved Moutet's first two set points but didn't manage to do the same with the third as the Frenchman won a very tight opener.

Corentin Moutet
Corentin Moutet© Getty Images Sport - Ryan Pierse

In the second set, Jarry bounced back with a break and led 5-2 through the opening seven games. But then, Jarry failed to serve out for the second set in the ninth game and eventually the second set also went into a tie-break. In the second-set tie-break, Moutet won six points in a row to open a 6-1 lead before converting his third match point to seal a tight two-set win over Jarry.

When Moutet meets Tabilo in the Santiago semifinal, it will be their first meeting on the main level.

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