Santi Giraldo faced the US player Sam Querrey, who got into the tournament as the 12th pre-classified to the R2 of the Nottingham ATP 250, this morning.
There were three previous encounters between both players and the US player was ahead by 2-1. Also, Querrey holds a title and a final on grass court: Queens 2010 and Newport 2009, respectively.
The match started around 7am and lasted around an hour and a half, with scores of (4)6-7 and 4-6 on the US player’s favor who moves to the next round.
At the beginning of the match, Santi was feeling comfortable and had 3 break point chances that he couldn´t score. A little by little, Querrey grew up in the match and had many chances to break Santi’s serve but he never gave up and kept on fighting. The match went to tiebreak; there were a lot of breaks but, finally, Querrey took advantage of them and won the set by 7-4.
In the second set, Sam Querrey scored 6 aces, for a total of 15 in the match, and only gave up 4 points with his serve. By the seventh game, the US player had the perfect chance to break Santi’s serve (00-40); Santi saved it in two times only and Querrey took advantage of it and kept it until the end of the set, which he won by 6-4.
The US player moves to the next round where he will face another Latin American, the Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas.
In the meantime, Santi will work on perfecting his game to fight for the Wimbledon’s R3, which he reached last year and lost against Roger Federer.