The Brazilian player, Joao Souza (81st place of the ATP ranking) was picked as Santi’s first opponent at Wimbledon 2015. Both players debuted today at the Grand Slam courts and this was the first match on grass court for the Brazilian player.
A year ago, Santi set a record on his career by reaching the R3 where he played against the Swiss, Roger Federer.
The match took place at the court number 16 and it was scheduled in the third turn, around 9:50 am, time of Colombia. Giraldo and Souza took the match to last about 2 hours with scores of 6-4, 6-3 and 6-2 on the Colombian’s player favor. With this result, Santi moves to the R2 where he will face the seeded number 5 of the tournament, the Japanese player Kei Nishikori.
The beginning of the match was difficult for Santi as Souza didn´t give away any chances at any time. Santi kept one break point ahead but the Brazilian player got back on his feet immediately. Meanwhile, the Colombian player strengthened his game with right hand hits, opening the court and never giving away his serve. Santi kept up the good work and it paid off by the tenth game when he broke his opponent and won the set by 6-4.
At the beginning of the second set, Santi was still finding the match difficult as Souza wasn’t going to give up and was fighting to not lose on his debut at the Tennis Cathedral. In the end, Santi took a chance by the ninth game and broke his opponent. He closed with his serve and took the second set by 6-3.
In the third set, Santi went out to give it all; he broke the Brazilian player’s serve two times and took control of set from the beginning until the end. He won by 6-2 and guaranteed his pass to the next round.
Santi excelled his serve on today’s match, he got 7 aces, played 69% of the points of the match with his first serve and won almost 50% of the points in game with his comeback hits.
It was a match of good choices and great level for Santiago; ideal to go for his next challenge by facing Kei Nishikori.