The Colombian, who’s the fifth favorite of the tournament, played against the Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva (346), a player from the qualy, in the first round of the American tournament.
Giraldo is playing in Houston with a positive previous in the semifinals of the ATP 250 in Sao Paolo.
After the Masters 1000 in Miami, Santi collects his third tournament in the United States.
The game began at 1:45pm, Colombian time zone and lasted around 1 hour, with the victory for Santi with 6-2 scores.
At the beginning of the game Santi proved he would obtain the victory and got two consecutive breaks, summed to the high percentage of his first service (74%), in which he lost only 3 points, showing Sanit’s great level. He won the first set with a 6-2 score.
Santi earned a first match point in the seventh game, which couldn’t settle, but in the next game, he closed the game with a good drop shot that the Brazilian couldn’t respond, therefore Santi won the second sleeve with a forceful 6-2 score.
This was the fifth encounter between them, with a previous 2-2 score, all of them played in Challenger and Futures categories, the first in the ATP circuit.
By moving to the second round, Santiago Giraldo will face the winner of the game between the Serbian, Janko Tipsarevic, who is comming back to the circuit after 18 months, and the Brazilian Guilherme Clezar (186).
The Houston ATP acuumulates a stock of $488,225. Santiago Giraldo stood out in the last season of this tournament by getting to the semifinal against Fernando Verdasco, who bacame champion.
The Houston ATP gathers tennis players such as Feliciano López, Kevin Anderson and Josh Isner to dispute the only game on clay in the United States from 6 to 12 april 2015.