ORLANDO, January 6, 2019
US-American Marcos Giron continued his career-best showing at the Orlando Open, reaching his first career ATP Challenger Tour final, where he will face top-seeded Darian King of Barbados, who is seeking his fourth ATP Challenger Tour title.
The unseeded Giron, a California native and former NCAA singles champion at UCLA, defeated No. 12 seed Gastao Elias of Portugal in straight sets in Saturday’s first semi-final. King advanced by bringing to an end US-American wild card Michael Redlicki’s remarkable Orlando run, with a straight-sets victory in the second match.
King is 3-2 all-time in ATP Challenger Tour finals, his most recent title coming in 2016. Giron has previously reached an ATP Challenger quarterfinal eight times but had never progressed beyond the final eight. The two have previously met four times, dating back to 2011, splitting the all-time series as 2-2.
Sunday’s singles final will be contested at 11 a.m local time and admission is free.
Arneodo/Vasilevski take doubles title
In the doubles final, Romain Arneodo of Monaco and Andrei Vasilevski of Belarus took home the inaugural Orlando Open title in a thrilling match that saw the top-seeded pair prevail 15-13 in the third-set super tiebreak.
They defeated the third-seeded duo of Portugal’s Goncalo Oliveira and Italy’s Andrea Vavassori. The encounter lasted one hour and 36 minutes.
Saturday, January 5 – Results
Singles Main Draw – Semifinals
(1) Darian King (BAR) def. (WC) Michael Redlicki (USA) 6-4, 6-2
Marcos Giron (USA) def. (12) Gastao Elias (POR) 6-3, 7-5
Doubles Main Draw – Final
(1) Romain Arneodo (MON) / Andrei Vasilevski (BLR) def. (3) Goncalo Oliveira (POR) / Andrea Vavassori (ITA) 7-6(2), 2-6, [15-13]
Doubles Main Draw – Semifinals (cont. from Friday)
(3) Goncalo Oliveira (POR) / Andrea Vavassori (ITA) def. Luis David Martinez (VEN) / Andreas Siljestrom (SWE) 4-6, 6-2, [10-5]