The Chilean was the only tennis player on the continent to reach the quarter-finals in this type of tournament. He did it at Wimbledon, a contest he said goodbye to after falling to Nick Kyrgios.
It was not a good season for Christian Garin. It wasn’t for South American tennis either. In any case, the Chilean got a consolation prize, which you can be proud of and which you can take as a boost for next year. That, if it is about Grand Slam tournaments.
Gago will end the tennis season as the best on the continent in this type of tournament, thanks to his performance at Wimbledon, a competition in which he reached the quarter-finals. example in which he fell to Australian Nick Kyrgios, 6-4, 6-3 and 7-6.
The national said goodbye to the US Open, the last Grand Slam of the year, in the second round, after losing 6-3, 6-0, 4-6 and 6-2 to Alex De Miñaur (20th) , who got revenge for his loss in the round of 16 at Wimbledon. However, the rest of the South Americans were eliminated in the third round of the tournament, which placed Garin as the best in the region in the majors, after an unpleasant season for Chilean tennis in general.
At the Australian Open, Garin finished as the continent’s best player, having reached the third round. However, the Tank was knocked out of the competition after falling to Frenchman Gael Monfils, 7-6, 6-1, 6-3. In any case, it already looked like one of the most remarkable in the region.
At Roland Garros, meanwhile, Diego Schwartzman was the one who excelled, reaching the knockout stages. But the trans-Andean did not have a favorable table, since, around the 16 best, it fell on one of the greatest: Novak Djokovic, who had no problem winning in the key. In this championship, Gago only managed to qualify for the third round, falling to Andrey Rublev.
Garin’s last Grand Slam challenge was in the United States. However, De Miñaur easily beat the national second racket, which came from a remarkable comeback against the Czech Jiří Lehečka. Despite the Arica-born losing in the first set, he managed to come out on top in the next to stay alive in the tournament. This, until the Australian crosses his path.
“It’s been a tough year , a lot of things happened. I have progressed even if the ranking does not show it. I had my best week of the year without reward points. Now I have to worry about finishing the season with a good feeling.” said Gago after his elimination from the tournament, adding that he still hopes to end the year in a better position in the ATP rankings.
“It’s been an irregular season, but I’ve worked hard. I started the year very badly emotionally and I’m still here, fighting “, he concluded.
At the US Open, the South Americans who stood out the most were the Argentinians Pedro Cachín, eliminated by Corentin Moutet, and Schwartzman, eliminated by Frances Tiafoe. The other was the Colombian Daniel Galán, who had Davidovich Fokina as his executioner. The three said goodbye to the competition in the third round, leaving no player in the zone with the chance to prevent Garin from finishing as the continent’s best in a Grand Slam.
Alejandro Tabilo, the other Chilean in the US Open, also did not make it past the second round of the North American tournament. He fell to Jeffrey John Wolf, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 and 6-3. The year will however be positive for Jano, who will finish his year of tennis as the best in Chile, after beating Garin.
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