This morning around 6:30 am, time of Colombia, Santiago Giraldo faced the Belgian David Goffin.
The match lasted 2 hours and 40 minutes with score of 3-6, 6-4, 5-7 and 2-6 on favor of the Belgian, Goffin who moves to R3 of the second Grand Slam of the season.
In the first set, the Belgium stood out in the firsts games and scored a break point in the same amount of chances to win the first set.
In the second set, Santi reacted and flipped the game to his favor. He saved five break point chances by the third game so he could get break chance in the next game to give him some advantage; nonetheless, he couldn´t deliver and the set continued with intense back and fort hits. By the tenth game, Santi scored a set point and closed with scores of 6-4.
The third set was defining for the match. Santi went up with a break on his favor (2-0) but the Belgian player reacted immediately and scored a break point as well to be even. The match continued like this, with both players winning their games powerfully.
In the tenth game, Santi lost his head, lacked patience and gave away his serve to David who won the third set by 7-5 with calm and intelligence.
This event influenced the development of the fourth set. Santi started with a break point against him and tried to get back on his feet on the next game but failed on the three chances he had. This way, the Belgian player gained confidence, took the lead and closed the match with a score of 6-2.
It is worth to mention of Santi’s game his right hand hit, which helped him to take the lead at some points of the match.
Goffin holds two ATP titles and has been in the final of another one; he just was in the quarterfinals of the Rome Master 1000, the quarterfinals of the Munich ATP 250, the R4 of the Miami Masters 1000 and the semifinal of the Chennai ATP 250.
Now, Santi tries to win on doubles to keep on the second Grand Slam of the season.
The Colombian, Santi Giraldo next to the Serbian Dusan Lajovic played on doubles in the R2 against the seeded number 11 of the tournament, a couple formed by the British Jamie Murray and the Australian J. Peers.
The match ended up with scores of 6-1 and 6-2 on favor of the seeded number 11 of the tournament.
The couple number 11 of the tournament was better than the Colombian/Serbian team as it broke the serve of our players two times, enough to defeat them.
Santi gets ready for the tour on grass courts where the third Grand Slam of the season awaits.