The Colombian tennis player, next to his Portuguese partner Joao Sousa, were on the R1 at the third Grand Slam of the season against the couple formed by Maté Pavic and Michael Venus with scores of 6-4, 3-6, 4-6 and 2-6 in a match that lasted two hours.
The match was scheduled to take place in the second turn of the court number 19 and started at 9:20 am.
At the beginning of the match, the Sousa/Giraldo duo was solid on its serve games and never gave away any chance of a break against them; this way, by the ninth game of the first set they managed to break their opponent couple’s serve, formed by the Croatian and the New Zealander players, to win the set by 6-4.
In the second set, Pavic and Venus displayed a powerful game and broke Santi and Sousa’s serve two times; this way they too the set by 6-3.
By the fifth game of the third set, the New Zealander and the Croatian players broke Santi and Sousa’s serve once again. In the next game, our duo had two chances to get back on its feet but didn’t take it; hence Pavic and Venus won the set by 6-4.
In the final set, the opponents kept up their good work and didn’t give away many chances to Giraldo and Sousa, who lost the set by 6-2.
Santi gets ready to face the US player Denis Kudla on his match on the R3 of singles tomorrow.