Santi Giraldo’s Colombian racquet, seeded number 8 of the Gstaad ATP 250, moved to the R2 after defeating the Italian player Paolo Lorenzi, in a match that lasted about an hour and a half, with scores of 6-3 and 6-2.
The key to move to the next round was the focus. In the first set, in the first two games of the Italian player’s serve, Santi lost two chances of breaking his opponent’s serve; nonetheless, he did it in the third chance and went on top by 4-2. Next, the Italian player loosen up a little and started attacking, generating 3 break points that Santi, very confident and quietly, saved and took the first set by 6-3.
In the second set, Santi increased its first serves percentage and that was a key to save a 00-40 (triple break point). He was confident enough to break the next game and win the match with a powerful 6-2.
It is worth to mention that Santi played the 79% of first serves in the second set; this made it easy to keep his serve.
Yesterday, Santi played next to Feliciano López on doubles but they said goodbye in the first round after losing against the local guests, Henri Laaksonen and Luca Margaroli by (7)6-7 and 2-6.
This way, Santi stays in the race to win the title on singles and will face the Turkish, Marsel Ilhan, who just defeated A. Kutznesov, in the R2.
Let’s go win, Santi!