Garin joined by Argentine pair in Santiago semis
A kind draw is getting kinder for Cristian Garin, whose hopes of a home victory were boosted while he won again.
Cristian Garin continued his quest for Chile Open glory as another upset in the other half of the draw paired two Argentinians in the semi-finals.
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Top seed Garin is aiming to win an ATP Tour event on home soil for the first time in Santiago.
The 24-year-old was made to work by Peruvian qualifier Juan Pablo Varillas in the last eight on Friday, but he prevailed 6-4 6-4.
Garin was broken first in either set yet responded instantly on each occasion.
“I would love to be able to do something important in this tournament,” the Chilean said. “It is special and I hope I can continue to win. I am playing better, in a semi-final and I am excited to do better, but I prefer to go step by step, game by game.”
It’s a step further than Garin was able to go in 2020, when he pulled out of his quarter-final with Thiago Seyboth-Wild and was close to tears as he departed the court.
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Talented Colombian Daniel Elahi Galan is up next for Garin, while the highest remaining seed besides the Chilean is Argentina’s Federico Delbonis, the number eight.
Delbonis ended the dream run of 17-year-old Dane Holger Rune, 6-3, 6-3.
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That is because Facundo Bagnis set up a meeting with his compatriot by defeating fourth seed Laslo Djere.
Bagnis, who had already claimed the scalp of fifth seed Frances Tiafoe, dropped the first set but recovered to advance 4-6 6-3 6-3 at the ATP 250 tournament.