New challenge, this time in Buenos Aires. Cristian Garin, No. 22 in the ATP ranking, takes to the field this Wednesday in the traditional brick dust of the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club at the ATP 250 in the Argentine capital. He is the second seeded and starts directly in the second round, the round of 16.
Garin comes from falling in his debut in Delray Beach, on hard courts, in his only meeting in 2021. And he hopes, in his ally clay, to take revenge and begin to reap victories, points for the ranking and thus renew confidence.
Chile’s No. 1, second-seeded, is measured against Indian Sumit Nagal (150th), who entered the main draw thanks to surpassing the previous phase.
Garin’s last triumph was in the tournament with which he closed last season, with success over the Swiss Stan Wawrinka on the hard and indoor courts of Vienna.
Owner of four ATP titles, all on slow courts, two in 2019 and two in 2020, Garin said he feels ready for debut. “Physically I feel quite good, I have been training from less to more for three weeks, I arrived a few days ago and it was good to acclimatize,” he said.
“I haven’t played in two months and it’s always good to have a constant rhythm of competition. I don’t come with high expectations, I just want to compete again and if everything goes well I have four tournaments in a row. Buenos Aires is tough, conditions are tough, but I really like playing in South America, “he added.
Garin was consulted about the work with his new coach, Argentine Franco Davin: “I felt very good, we have been working for a couple of months and we have not been able to compete. It has been all for the better, we have gotten to know each other and I have learned. it’s been easy to share in this pandemic period. “
If he wins, he will face on Friday in the quarterfinals the Spanish Albert Ramos Viñolas (46th), fifth seed and finalist last week in Córdoba, or the German Dominik Koepfer (71st).