To Cristian Garin (22nd in the ATP ranking) the pandemic hit him as much as the rest of the world. However, professionally, the impact was even more felt when one of the players “of the moment” was known back in February.
The Chilean did not appear at the Masters 1000 in Paris, the last scoring tournament of the year, and ended a 2020 where he reached the best ranking of his career (18th) and won titles in Córdoba and Rio de Janeiro before the coronavirus health crisis.
The three consecutive ATP Cup losses (to Gael Monfils, Novak Djokovic and Kevin Anderson) they didn’t stop him. But the return to the ring was not expected and the post-pandemic record of 7-6 with the semi-final in the ATP 500 in Hamburg as the highlight did not meet their expectations. The third round at Roland Garros and the second at the US Open they are goals to improve because he knows he has tennis for it.
He ended his relationship with the Argentine coach Andres Schneiter, With whom he worked since mid-2018 and won four titles on the circuit. The last duel of “Gago” was a defeat against the Austrian Dominic Thiem (3rd) in the round of 16 of the ATP 500 in Vienna by 6-3 and 6-2. What is coming is a promising horizon. At the orders of Franco Davin.
2021 has to be better. It is everyone’s wish. It is Garín’s wish.