Historic for Chile. Cristian Garin, No. 20 in the world and 17th seed, became the first Chilean player to reach the round of 16 of Wimbledon in 16 years. The former compatriot in the fourth round on the traditional lawn of the All England Club in London It was Fernando González, in 2005.
Garín had never won a match at Wimbledon, but he raised his level and, despite certain ups and downs, he stacked three victories in a row for the first time in that Grand Slam, crowned this Friday with success over the Spanish Pedro Martínez, a recognized friend of his, with partials of 6-4, 6-3, 4-6 and 6-4.
Thus, Garin reached the round of 16 in one of the four Grand Slam championships in singles for the second time in his career. The previous one was right in the previous Major, last month, on the clay of Roland Garros.
Undoubtedly, the historical data for Chilean tennis is that it became the first among the 16 best at Wimbledon after 16 seasons. That time, González even made the quarterfinals at La Catedral, when he yielded to the Swiss Roger Federer, the top champion of the tournament, with eight titles.
In 2005, Bombardero de la Reina, as González was known, won four matches in three sets and thus, without giving up a set, reached the quarterfinals. In his case, he beat the Swede Joachim Johansson on the third wheel, which Garin now surpassed. And immediately afterwards he defeated Russian Mikhail Youzhny in the round of 16.
That is why Garin made history for Chile. Directed by Argentine Franco Davin, he wants more and daydreams in London.