Cristian Garin defeated German Dominik Koepfer in the second round of the Masters 1000 in Madrid by 6-3 and 6-4 in one hour and 38 minutes.
The Santiago player lost his serve (0-2) in the first set, but from then on he did everything right. He reacted immediately, returned the break (2-2) and was clearly in command. With long exchanges that sapped the patience of his rival, the Chilean took advantage of the German’s mistakes to put his signature on the first set and put the match on track.
They returned to exchange services to open the second set, but Garin then escaped 4-2 and closed the game with authority.
Gago and Koepfer, 25 and 53 in the world, had never met before. The Chilean was the winner this year of the Santiago de Chile tournament and, dIn this way, he reached the round of 16 for the first time in two consecutive Masters 1000s, in this case in Madrid, after Monte-Carlo, where he fell to champion Stefanos Tsitsipas.