This morning, Santi Giraldo started his participation at the Nottingham Aegon Open Tournament. The green courts at the Nottingham Tennis Centre were the stage for the match against the Austrian Andreas Haider-Maurer who just played at the Halle Tournament and lost in the R1, and the Stuttgart Tournament where he reached the R2 by defeating Maximilian Marterer, 341st place of the world ranking.
There was humidity of 70-85% and a light breeze in the British city. The match took place after 3 pm, time of London and 6 am, time of Colombia.
The match lasted about an hour and ended up with scores of 6-1, 1-6 and 6-1 on the Colombian player’s favor, which moves to the R2 where he will face the US player, Sam Querrey.
At the beginning of the match, Santi went out there seeking for win on the grass court to strengthen him by this time of the year. Giraldo scored 2 aces and only lost 5 points with his serve; this way he won 80% of the points played with Andreas’ second serve and allowed him to score 3 break points and win the first set by 6-1.
In the second set, Santi relaxed for a bit and the Austrian player felt confident with his serve, never gave up and broke Santi’s serve three times to even the score 6-1.
In the third and defining set, Santi didn’t give up any break point chances and scored in 3 of the 9 chances he had just to move to the R2 with a powerful 6-1.
Giraldo have had one previous encounter against Haider-Maurer at the Gstaad Open in Switzerland where the Austrian won.
Santi will face the seeded number 14 of the Tournament, the US player Sam Querrey in the R2.