French Gael Monfils, whom in 2011 were ranked as number 7 and today as number 31 of the world ranking, defeated the Colombian tennis player by 7-6 (7-1) and 6-2.
Santi Giraldo (this week number 69 of the world ranking) was defeated by the former world position 7th, French Monfils, by 7-6 (7-1) and 6-1 during a match of 1 hour and 17 minutes,
The main draw of this event is headed by Rafa Nadal, world number 1, and David Ferrer, world number 3. The British Andy Murray, Czech Thomaz Berdych and French Richard Gasquet will also be there.
Santi will play on the doubles tournament of Dora ATP 250 and will team up with Portuguese Joao Sousa. During the first round, they will face the Czech doubles team of Tomas Berdych and Jan Hajek.
That was Santi’s first match of the 2014 season and the third occasion he was faced against Gael Monfils. They participated on Niza ATP, resulting Monfils victorious by 4-6, 6-3 and 6-3, in 2011 they played in Bangkok, resulting in a victory for the French by 6-4, 4-6 and 6-1.
Gael Monfis just made it into the quarterfinals of Shanghai Masters 1000, eliminating Swiss Roger Fedrer. Previously, he reached the finals of Winston Salem ATP 250, the finals of Niza ATP 250, the semifinals of Umag ATP 250, the semifinals of Auckland ATP 250, and the third round of the Australian Open. Last year he reached the quarterfinals of the Doha ATP.
Since this year, Santiago is working with Colombian coach Felipe Baron, also fromColsanitas’s Team.