Santiago Giraldo

Santiago Giraldo (born 27 November 1987 in Pereira ) is a Colombian tennis player.

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Life and career

To 2005: Junior career and first experiences as a professional

Santiago Giraldo started at the age of two years, to play tennis. His two older siblings Daniel and Carmina played tennis, the latter made ​​it to number 256 of the Women's World Ranking.

Santiago's greatest success as a junior was the semi-finals at the U.S. Open 2005. Early as 2002, but he also played already in the adult area, and was led from 2003 in the tennis world rankings. In 2005 he won his first title at age 17 at a Futures tournament, and thus rose into the top 400 in the world rankings.

2006: Davis Cup debut and first Challenger title

In February 2006, Giraldo played for the first time the Colombian Davis Cup team, and contributed to a 4-1 victory over Uruguay victory over Pablo Cuevas at. Since then he has in 16 Davis Cup matches won ten times. After two more Futures titles in May and June 2006, Giraldo could triumph at a Challenger tournament in July 2006 in Bogotá for the first time. Towards the end of the year was followed by another Challenger final in Medellín and the entry into the top 200 in the world rankings.

2007-2009: Grand Slam debut and continued success on the Challenger Tour

Early 2007 could Santiago Giraldo in Chennai for the first time to qualify for an ATP tournament, but lost in the first round against Russian Igor Andreev. His first qualifying attempt at a Grand Slam tournament at the Australian Open 2007 ended in the first qualifying round. After his second Challenger win in Bogotá and a Finalist in San Luis Potosí, the qualification was a success at the French Open in 2007. However, in the first round he lost to the eventual semi-finalists Novak Djokovic in three short sentences. In the further course of the year was followed by a Challenger win in Quito as well as the final in Bogota.

In March 2008, Santiago Girlando celebrated at Indian Wells Masters his first victory on the ATP level: After a successful qualification he defeated in the first round of the Austrian Werner Esch Auer. As a "reward" there was a second-round match against the world number two Rafael Nadal, which lost Giraldo 3:6, 3:6. In Roland Garros, he could qualify as last year, but like last year against Florent Serra followed the From in the first round. When ATP tournament of Vienna Giraldo won his second ATP match against Stefan Koubek ( also Austrian). In November 2008, he was able to celebrate on the side of Sebastian Decoud his first doubles title at the Challenger tournament in Guayaquil. In individual he stayed this year without a title, but still could be kept constant in the top 200.

The year 2009 began with victories in the Challenger tournaments of Salinas and San Luis Potosí. In May 2009, there were at the French Open a new successful qualification, followed by a first round defeat against Denis Istomin. During the year Giraldo tried to qualify in many ATP tournaments, he came, however - if at all - never on the first main round addition. In September 2009 he focused again on Challenger tournaments, and could, among other things by a win in Sacramento and forward one final in Guayaquil to No. 107 in the world rankings.

2010: Entry into the Top 100 on the ATP Tour and establishment

Thus he was qualified in early 2010 directly for the ATP tournament in Chennai, and reached the quarter-finals. Also at the Australian Open, he was able to participate without qualification, and met in the first round to the set at position 16 Spaniard Tommy Robredo. In smooth three sentences he was here to celebrate his first victory in a Grand Slam match, and despite the second-round defeat by Łukasz Kubot he was then performed for the first time in the top 100 in the world rankings. After a Challenger win in his hometown of Pereira, he could at the Masters tournament in Rome after successful qualification and collect victories over former world number one Juan Carlos Ferrero and Michaël Llodra in the second round, where he lost to Jo -Wilfried Tsonga. Thus it debuted at # 61 in the world rankings, and was now able to play with no qualifications at ATP tournaments. At the French Open he lost in five sets to the Japanese Kei Nishikori, and at Wimbledon he was Thiemo de Bakker inferior to after about four hours. Exceptional income from 14:16 in the fifth set would certainly have taken care of more attention, if not would have taken place in parallel the record match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut. In the following American hard court season Giraldo difference in five tournaments, from including in his U.S. Open debut, both in the first round. In the Davis Cup match against the USA Giraldo was able to win his singles match against Sam Querrey smooth, lost his second singles match against Mardy Fish but in five short sentences and thus could not prevent the 1-3 defeat. A win would be the first time Colombia risen to the World Group. In October and November 2010, Giraldo reached at the indoor hard court tournaments in Kuala Lumpur, Vienna, Basel and Paris respectively the second round, and ended his best ever season ranked 66 in the world rankings.

2011: First ATP Final

The year 2011 started successfully for Santiago Giraldo with a quarter finals in Brisbane. A week later he reached in Auckland after beating Albert Montanes and the set Thomaz Bellucci for the first time in his career an ATP semi-final, but where he lost to eventual champion David Ferrer. At the Australian Open Giraldo could reach the second round just like last year with a victory over Rui Machado, left there but against Marin Cilic set at position 15 from. In early February 2011 reached Santiago Giraldo in Santiago de Chile after victories including through the top 50 player Juan Ignacio Chela and Potito Starace first time the finals of an ATP tournament. There he led against Tommy Robredo in the third set already 5-3, but lost the set and the match eventually in the tie-break. Nevertheless, he achieved this success the first time a position in the top 50 in the world rankings. Three weeks later Giraldo defeated in Acapulco again the top 30 players Albert Montanes, but had to retire in the quarterfinals in three sets to the eventual finalists Nicolás Almagro from. After a second round defeat in Barcelona against the world number one Rafael Nadal Giraldo was at the French Open for the fifth attempt did not reach the second round: He lost in the first round in straight three sets to Pablo Andújar. After a quarter-final defeat in 's- Hertogenbosch against the eventual tournament winner Dmitry Tursunov re Erstrundenaus followed at Wimbledon against Richard Gasquet. In July 2011, Santiago Giraldo defeated in Stuttgart the world rankings Twelfth Jurgen Melzer, but then lost in the quarterfinals against Lukasz Kubot.