Cristian Garin took him his second career ATP title becoming champion of a cold, soggy Munich event this week. Today, the Chilean got the better of Italian Matteo Berrettini 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(1).
Garin failed to serve out the match in the third, but played some of his best tennis in the deciding breaker.
“I’m so excited right now,” Garin said. “It’s amazing. I cannot believe it, so I’m very happy.”
The 22-year-old Garin, who had to save match points earlier in a win over Alexander Zverev, now matches Guido Pella for the most clay wins on the tour this year with 19. He won his first ATP title last month in Houston.
“Of course I need to keep improving. This is just the beginning,” Garin said. “This is my first year playing ATP, so I need to improve a lot. I’ve been working hard, so this is a reward from that.”
Berrettini, 23, entered the match having just beating Roberto Bautista Agut hours earlier for his 9th straight win after taking Budapest a week before.
“I’m kind of sad because I lost, but I did my best. I did everything and I left everything on the court,” said Berrettini. “I did two matches in a row and I was feeling really good with my body, so I’m really proud of myself for that because I worked a lot in the preseason and these are the results.
“I want to keep going for sure. I want to win more titles, I want to win more important titles, so that’s the way I can improve. I’m really focused and looking forward to improving.”
Garin jumps from No. 47 to a new career-high of No. 33, right on the cusp of a French Open seeding. But he wasn’t ranked high enough to make it into Madrid. He began the year ranked No. 84.
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