After being among the 32 best players of the Masters 1000 of Paris, Santi Giraldo’s rival on the second round of the tournament was the South African Kevin Anderson, who owns the 18th place of the world ranking. Anderson comes from the quarter-finals of the ATP 500 of Valencia, where he had a tight encounter against Andy Murray, who was the winner of that match.
The Omnisports Palace, located in the Parisian boulevard of Bercy, was the stage for the encounter between Santi and Anderson that took place around 11am, Colombia Time Zone (UTC-05:00).
The match lasted about 2 hours. It was an even encounter, filled with emotions, that ended up on the South African player’s favor with scores of 4-6 and (8)6-7.
The first set was even, Santi could not break his opponent’s serve two times, but Anderson won the serve of Giraldo once.
The second set was nerve-racking; there were extended games where Santi and Anderson had 4 break points but none of both got points of their favor, this lead to the tiebreaker. Anderson served but Santi overcame this and got a set point (7-6), nonetheless, Anderson went ahead and took the set by 10-8.
It is worth to mention the high percentage of first serves (74%) on Santi’s game, as well as his openings by doing drives, winning reverse shots and the resistance he showed through the match.
Santi continues his participation on doubles next to the Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas and moves forward to the second round because the rival couple Isner-Querrey did not show up for the encounter.
This year Anderson was on the final of the ATP 500 of Acapulco, the final of the ATP 250 of Delray Beach, on the quarter-finals of the Masters 1000 of Canada, the quarter-finals of the Masters 1000 of Indian Wells, the quarter-finals of the ATP 500 of Washington, and has also been on the fourth match on Wimbledon, Roland Garros and the Australian Open, and on the third match of the US Open.
The BNP Paribas Masters is the last ATP 1000 of the season and the last chance of the year to watch the most frequent competitors of the circuit, except for this year’s top 8, which will participate at the Masters of London Tournament.