Have a good time Christian garin. He is no longer obfuscated, trying to find solutions to problems that he sometimes created himself. The problems of the New York bubble seem to have been left behind for the one born in Santiago de Chile 24 years ago.
In the brick dust of Roland Garros he continues his great moment and consolidation in which he himself asserted is the surface on which he displays his best tennis.
On slow pitches, Cristian Garin is one of the most successful players so far this – abnormal – 2020 season. His titles in the ATP 250 and 500 in Rio de Janeiro, added to the semifinals obtained in the past ATP 500 in Hamburg , they placed Gago in 18th place in the ATP ranking, its best historical location.
Likewise, and within this context of global abnormality to which tennis is no stranger, Garin is, with his two victories at Roland Garros, the player with the best record in brick dust with 15 wins and three losses.
As for the Parisian Grand Slam, Garin has things very clear. “My dream is to win Roland Garros to enlarge the history of Chilean tennis”said in March 2014 the then 18-year-old tennis player.
In part, his dream has already been fulfilled. Seven years ago, in 2013, Garin defeated Alexander Zverev and took the title in the junior category. Twenty years ago, Marcelo Ríos achieved the same feat at the US Open, also in the junior category.
As for professionals, the best performance of a Chilean was that of Fernando González, who in 2009 reached the semifinals at the Bois de Boulogne and fell to the revelation of that tournament: Robin Soderling. Ríos himself reached the top eight in 1999, that year when he was number one in the world.
Nicolás Massú, currently Dominic Thiem’s coach, managed to reach the third round in 2004 and 2006, just as Garin himself did, for the moment.