The Indian Wells, the first ATP Masters 1000 of the season began and Santi moved forward directly to the second round of the competition. The Colombian played against the Ukrainian, Alexandr Dolgopolov (41), who had just defeated the Canadian, Frank Dancevic with 6/2 and 7/5 scores.
The game lasted an hour and 28 minutes, with 1-6, (4)6-7 in favor of Alexandr Dolgopolov. The match began a few minutes after 1pm, Colombian time zone. The first set was good for the Ukrainian, who broke Santi’s service twice and didn’t give up, which made difficult for Santi to give a fight.
The second set was just exactly the same, with brief moments that favored Santi, who had two Break Points that couldn’t set. The Ukrainian decreased the effectiveness of his serve and presented long rallies that were a pleasure for the public. None of them managed to make a break and the game went to tie break, in which Dolgopolov showed why he had reached the semifinals in last year’s tournament, even though Santi showed he could have done more and the score was a bit tricky.
The history between both players before the tournament was 2-1 favoring the Ukranian, who won the last two matches in 2013 in London at Queen’s Club (6-3, 4-6 and 6-4) and Wimbledon 2013 (6-4, 7-6 and 6-3 scores). On the other hand, Santi got a 2-4 record on hard courts this year; in 2014 his record on this surface was 8-16. Now, Dolgopolov will face the winner of the match between Milos Raonic (6) and Simone Bolelli (49). Santi will prepare for the next Masters 1000 of the season in Miami.