It couldn’t have been in Paris. Chilean Cristian Garin (23rd in the world) fell to Daniil Medvedev (2nd) 6-2, 6-1 and 7-5, and said goodbye to Roland Garros in the round of 16.
Garin left the Argentine Juan Ignacio Londero and the Americans Mackenzie McDonald, with whom he raised two match points, and Marcos Giron, but collided with the Russian Medvedev, who is emerging as one of the candidates for the title.
From the beginning of the match, Chile’s No. 1 was clearly outmatched by the Russian, who had never won a match at the French Open, where clay did not suit him well. This time, he has already added four successes and slipped into the quarterfinals of this Grand Slam for the first time.
The Chilean was looking for his first access to the quarterfinals, the round of the best eight, in a Grand Slam. And he wanted to be the first Chilean in that instance of a Major since Fernando González in the US Open 2009. But he was left empty-handed and he must continue trying that feat.
Meanwhile, the Russian, finalist of two Grand Slam on hard courts, last time this year at the Australian Open, dominated from the base with authority and will have to face Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, No. 5 in the ATP ranking, in the quarterfinals. final, who like him lost a single set so far in the championship.
Thus, one left crestfallen, although he closed his best Grand Slam in professionals, while his executioner raised his head and is excited about much more in Paris.