Another strong impact. Although the rival was demanding, Cristian Garin said goodbye quickly to the Masters 1000 in Rome, on clay, and that was tough after the poor performance that marginalized him from the US Open in the second round.
In a special season, atypical due to the coronavirus pandemic, it has already gone from the cement of the Grand Slam in New York to European brick dust. And this Monday the No. 1 of Chile appeared at the Foro Italico, fought, fought, but had many ups and downs and lost to Croatian Borna Coric 6-4 and 6-4.
The Chilean dropped two places and left the Top 20 of the world ranking to finish 21st. The opponent, the also fierce Coric, who raised six match points at the US Open against Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (6th), was a little more solid and especially knew how to solve his serve games better.
Thus, Garin added another setback after the hard passage through the United States. where he lost to the Slovenian Aljaz Bedene at the Cincinnati Masters 1000 in the first round, then suffered a lot at the US Open against the local Ulises Blanch, who won in five sets, and seemed to follow the same path against the Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin, although he left in that second-round clash.
Last February, Garin won two titles in a row on clay in South America, in Córdoba and in Rio de Janeiro, the latter the only ATP 500 of his professional career. Thus, in 2020 he added two of his four conquered tournaments, but this return after Covid-19 is not the best.
Still, he will try on European soil, on slow courts, his favorites, to lift his head as soon as possible to arrive in good shape and with greater confidence at Roland Garros.