Santi Giraldo and Scott Lipsky’s team faced the couple formed by the Mexican Santiago González and the Croatian Marin Cilic tonight. They have teamed up previously at the open tournaments of Beijing, Cincinnati, Toronto and Rome. Gonzalez has also participated with the North American player Scott Lipsky; the team managed to get to the finals of the Winston-Salem Open tournament and reached the ATP 20th place on doubles.
Remarkably, Marin Cilic ranks on the 9th place of the singles category and is the current champion of the last Grand Slam of the season, the US Open where he won against the Japanese Kei Nishikori with a triple 6-3.
The match took place early morning on Wednesday, Colombia Time Zone (UTC -05:00). Giraldo and Lipsy won with scores of 6-4, 3-6 and 10-8. It was a fair game until the last point of the tiebreak, when Santi and Scott broke the serve of the rivals, getting enough points to move to the round of sixteen.
The next challenge for Santi and Scott will be to face the number 4 seed of the tournament, the Croatian Ivan Dodig along with the Brazilian Marcelo Melo.
The second round of the Masters 1000 of Shanghai, was played between the couple formed by Santi Giraldo and Scott Lipsky played early morning on Thursday, October 9 against Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo.
The match was against the 3rd couple of the ranking, which was also the number 4 seed of the tournament. They managed to get to the finals on the ATP 500 of Tokyoagainst Herbert Pierre-Hugues and Michal Przysiesny.
The final match score was 3-6, 6-3 and 6-10 in the Croatian/Brazilian. Santi Giraldo concludes this way his tour through Asia and is getting ready for the Valencia Open, which shares a stock of US $551,800.
We keep moving forward!