London, Jul 4 The Chilean tennis player Cristian Garín culminated this Monday one of the greatest feats of his sports career with an epic victory against the Australian Alex de Miñaur, after four hours and 34 minutes of battle that allowed him to reach the quarterfinals of a tournament for the first time. Grand Slam (2-6, 5-7, 7-6(3), 6-4, 7-6(6)).
In one of the most spectacular matches of the tournament so far, Garín showed his enormous mental strength by being able to come back from two sets down and save the two match points that his rival enjoyed.
Garín, 43 in the world, resorted to his enormous gallery of winners (56 against De Miñaur’s 31) to win a match that he had lost on several occasions.
Garín thus becomes the first Chilean to advance so far on the London grass since 2009.
De Miñaur had the match on track after taking the first two sets relatively comfortably, but everything changed in the tie-break game of the third set.
The Chilean was able to bounce back from an initial 3-1 loss to the Australian and collected the next six points to clinch the set.
After prevailing in the fourth set, the final set arrived, in which De Miñaur enjoyed two match points to the remainder, which Garín bravely saved by resorting to his powerful forehand.
His rival, seed number 19 at Wimbledon and an accomplished expert on grass, had to be treated for a cut on his hand after launching to return another of Garín’s forceful parallels.
The blows were already cleaning the lines at that time and the hawk eyes were exhausted to settle the most doubtful plays. In the tiebreaker supergame anything could happen, although Garín gave the impression of reaching the end more physically whole.
In those last ten points that now decide the last game of the fifth round, the Chilean was superior and on the second match point he was able to finish off De Miñaur, whom he had never beaten in their three previous matches.
“I gave everything I had. It was a very tough fight, a battle, I would say. Alex is one of the best players on grass,” Garín said on the court.
“The fifth set could have gone to anyone. I tried to be aggressive, to go to the net and be aggressive on my serve,” he added.
Now, the one from Santiago awaits in the quarterfinals the winner of the duel between another Australian, Nick Kyrgios, and the American Brandon Nakashima.