Chilean tennis star, Cristian Garin defeated qualifier Gianluca Mager in the Rio Open final to continue his impressive streak.
Although Mager put up a fight, after 1 hour and 34 minutes, Garin proved to be too solid winning the match in straight sets, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5. This title was Garin’s 4th career ATP title and his second this month with his win at the Cordoba Open. This was also his first ATP 500 level tournament win, making it that much sweeter.
All 4 of Garin’s ATP titles so far have come on clay. So, Cristian Garin will look to continue his clay court success later this year at the French Open. At the level he is currently playing this is very possible. With any luck, we just might be seeing him in the later stages of Roland Garros.
As for Mager, this was his first career ATP final and regardless of the outcome it was a great week for him. Coming into the tournament, Mager had only won 2 tour-level matches. Then, after a couple of good matches, he beat Australian Open runner-up Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals.
With Mager’s loss, the past 10 qualifiers to reach a tour-level final have all lost in the championship match. The last qualifier to emerge victorious was Daniil Medvedev who won in Tokyo two years ago.
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