A victory to begin to gain confidence in this irregular season for Cristian Garin (25th in the ATP ranking) on this day. After his elimination in the quarterfinals of the ATP 250 in Estoril, the Chilean made his absolute debut at the Masters 1000 in Madrid on Monday with a victory.
The “Tank”, 16th seeded, defeated by partials of 6-1 and 6-4 the experienced Spanish local Fernando Verdasco (71 °), who became No. 7 of the planet in 2009 and that seems to be burning its last cartridges in the circuit.
In the first round, the Creole took advantage of the numerous errors of a Hispanic whose long inactivity was noted, as this was his third game in 2021 after an operation. Thanks to two breaks, in the second and sixth games, the national began to take advantage of the Manolo Santa court of the Caja Mágica, which was attended by Nicolás Massú (his Austrian pupil Dominic Thiem opens on Tuesday).
In the second episode, things got even more even with the decrease in misses by the homeowner, who showed why he was top ten and reached the semifinals at the Australian Open 2009 and Wimbledon 2013. In fact, in the eighth game, ” Gago “saved three break balls at a key moment and in the ninth the Arica-born took the opportunity to break his serve, so in the next he sealed everything with his shipment in his third match point and after lifting another break point in a hour and 27 minutes.
With this victory, the Chilean stretched his balance against Verdasco to 2-0, having already defeated him in 2019 in their only previous match at the ATP 250 in Chengdu, China, on concrete.
In the second round, Garin will face on Wednesday with German Dominik Koepfer (53rd), who earlier this Monday left the American giant Reilly Opelka (46th) on the road for a double 6-4. He has never faced the German on the tour.