This Saturday morning, Santi Giraldo ended his participation at the ATP 250 of Shenzhen.
In singles, the Colombian player lost to the Spanish player Tommy Robredo with scores of 6-1 and 6-4.
The first set was difficult for Santi who showed a defensive game towards all the hits from the baseline of the Spanish player. Finally, Robredo took the set by 6-1.
On the second set, Tommy Robredo kept the same pace that challenged Santi’s defense, which showed the skills of his racquet by retaking the score. Despite Santi’s well-played set, Robredo took it by 6-4.
Previously, the Spanish Tommy Robredo won against the Italian Andreas Seppi in quarterfinals with a score of 6-4, 6-7 (5) and 6-3.
The previous encounters to the Shenzhen Open 2014 between both athletes were in Houston, Texas during the Fayez Sarofim & Co. US Men’s Clay Court Championship where Santi won in the round of 16, back in 2011 in Santiago de Chile where Robredo won, and at the Australian Open 2011 where Giraldo defeated the Spanish player for the first time.
The performance of the Colombian player throughout his tour on the first contest of the Asian continent stands as one of the best performances of his career by reaching the top four of the Shenzhen Open. Furthermore this is his seventh semifinal at an ATP tournament.
Santi will add 90 points and will get to the highest rank on his career.
On doubles, Giraldo/Venus faced the couple formed by the Romanian Horia Tecau and the Dutch Jean-Julien Rojer this morning. Both are classified in the 8th place of the ATP’s ranking in this category.
The rival couple had defeated Evgheni Donskoi and Teimuraz Gabasvili in quarterfinals with scores of 6-4, 5-7 and 10-7.
The match ended up with scores of 6-3, 1-6 and 5-10 on favor of the first seed of the tournament.
Santi finished his participation in doubles with this result, delivering one of his bests performances on this category.
The next tournament will be the ATP 500 of Beijing, where Santi will debut in first rounds facing the seeded number 8, the North American John Isner.