The ancient capital of the Ottoman Empire is ready to welcome, for the first time in history, an ATP World Tournament.

Among the athletes we can find Marsel Ilhan and the Colombian Santi Giraldo, who is expected to go far in the court where he feels more comfortable.

The player from Risaralda, Colombia now holds the 50th spot in the ranking, after starting in the 31st place last week. His elimination from the Conde de Godó Open in Barcelona, Spain, was the reason of this drop; one of the major drops in his career since he got into the professional circuit back in 2003.

On his first time at the Istanbul Open, Santi played on doubles partnering up with the New Zealander Marcus Daniell, with whom he faced the Diego Schwartzman and Blaz Kavcic duo.

The match lasted about an hour, just the right time for the Colombia – New Zealand couple to win with scores of 5-7, 6-2 and 10-3.

On the first set, the match was very even and both couples were forced to give up their services several times but, finally, Diego and Blaz scored a break on the 12th game, when the scoreboard was 6-5, and took the set.

From this moment on, the match turned into Santi and Marcus’ favor; on the second set they were determined to leave it al in the court, that way they scored two breaks to win the set by 6-2.

All was to be defined at the Super Tie-Break, where Santi and Marcus were really focused and played point by point to finally take the set by 10-3.

This way, Santi and Marcus move forward to the quarterfinals where they will face the seeded number 4 of the tournament: M. Pavic and M. Venus.

Santi will make his debut on singles tomorrow; he will play against the Russian Andrey Rublev at 9:30 am (time of Colombia) on the R2.

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