MUTUA MADRID OPEN 2014
Giraldo Claims Milestone Win Over Murray
by ATP Staff|
Watch Thursday highlights and watch live streaming from Madrid.
The 26-year-old Colombian is through to his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarter-final after claiming his first Top 10 win in 20 attempts. He came into Madrid on the back of reaching his first ATP World Tour 500 final in Barcelona, where he finished runner-up to Kei Nishikori.
Since the start of April, the right-hander has compiled a 12-2 mark, going from World No. 86 in the Emirates ATP Rankings to a projected career-high No. 36 next week.
Having qualified into Madrid, Giraldo has now won 10 of his past 11 matches. He derailed Wimbledon champion Murray in 70 minutes, hitting 16 winners and benefitting from 24 unforced errors off Murray’s racquet.
“He played very well from start to finish; didn't make many mistakes,” credited Murray. “I didn't make it hard enough for him in the second set. Towards the end, I didn't put enough pressure on him to force him to make errors. He dictated most of the points and deserved to win.”
For a place in the semi-finals, Giraldo will face Roberto Bautista Agut, who is also into his first Masters 1000 quarter-final after defeating lucky loser Lukasz Kubot 6-4, 6-2. Kubot had originally taken Roger Federer’s place in the draw.
The 26-year-old Bautista Agut was a semi-finalist in Auckland in January (l. to Isner) and a week later stunned Juan Martin del Potro en route to the Australian Open fourth round (l. to Dimitrov). “Maybe all the confidence that I gained at the beginning of the year when I was winning good matches, well, we're seeing it right now,” said the Spaniard.
“I think that tomorrow Giraldo is also used to playing in altitude. It's going to be a tough match. Hopefully I can play well. For sure I have options to make it to the semi-finals.”