Garin First Finalist At BMW Open In Munich

Cristian Garin

MUNICH, May 4, 2019

Cristian Garin is the first finalist of the 2019 BMW Open by FWU. The 22-year-old from Chile defeated No. 3 seed Marco Cecchinato from Italy 6-2, 6-4 on a rain-interrupted and chilly Saturday in Munich. The second semi-final match between fourth seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut and Matteo Berrettini from Italy could not be played due to consistent rain.

In the pair’s third meeting, Garin claimed his first win over Cecchinato. The South American capitalized on three of his five break point chances to secure a 6-2, 6-4 victory in one hour and 12 minutes.

Garin advanced to his third final of the season after reaching the title matches in Sao Paulo and Houston, where he lifted his maiden trophy on the ATP Tour.

“It was a difficult match today, as Marco is a great clay-court player. Conditions were tough, it was pretty cold outside. Due to the rain interruptions, we had to play one game even three times, but I am happy to be in the final,” Garin said. The Santiago de Chile native joined forces with former Argentine professional Andrés Schneiter last year, who started to coach Garin after Wimbledon. It seemed to become the turning point in the career of the former Roland Garros junior’s champion.

“Andrés is very important for me. We won three Challengers in a row last year and now I have made into my third final this season. He knows me very well and knows what to do. He and my physio travel with me almost the whole year. We work hard for to get success.”

Does Garin have any preferences in terms of his opponent in the final tomorrow? “For me it doesn’t matter. Both are great players. I just try to be focused and ready for tomorrow,” he said.

Munich moments

• 20-year-old Italian Lorenzo Cioffi won the second edition of the DAIKIN eSports Open as part of the BMW Open by FWU. Eight professional gamers from all over the world played for the title as part of the Tennis World Tour at Play Station 4 in high-class matches. Cioffi played with Frenchman Gael Monfils and earned €4,000 in prize money.

• Two unseeded teams will go head-to-head in the doubles final, as Marcelo Demoliner of Brazil and Divij Sharan from India will take on former Wimbledon champion Frederik Nielsen of Denmark and Tim Pütz from Germany. Sunday’s tennis action will kick off with the singles semi-final at 11 am followed by the doubles and the singles final.

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