The Chilean player secures a spot into the last eight, defeating world No. 3 Daniil Medvedev at the Mutua Madrid Open.
Cristian Garin, who claimed his first ATP title on home soil last March at the Santiago Open, reached his second ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final in Madrid, outlasting the second-seeded Russian player.
Daniil Medvedev and the world No. 25 met at the Arantxa Sanchez Stadium, with the latter sealing victory in three sets 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-1 after 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Throughout the encounter, the 16th seed served well, hitting six aces; he also saved the only break point he faced, converting three out of nine opportunities earned.
Overall, the 24-year-old won 106 points, 67 of them with his service.
THE DEBUT IN MADRID
On Monday, Chile’s No. 1 racquet got his Madrid debut campaign off to a perfect start defeating Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 6-1, 6-4.
The Santiago native moved past Dominik Koepfer 6-3, 6-4 on Wednesday, advancing to the last 16.
Last month, the Russian player withdrew from the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters 1000 after testing positive for Covid-19.
The Spanish tournament saw his return to action had not played a tennis match since the Miami Open presented by Itau, contested on the hard courts.
The 25-year-old set realistic goals ahead of his clay season.
At Madrid’s pre-tournament press conference, he said: “So the goal actually for all three tournaments, Rome, Roland-Garros, and Madrid, is to at least win one match in each of them.”
The 2020 Nitto ATP Finals champion passed his first test in Spain with a battling 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina before being stopped by Garin Thursday.
The Moscow native focuses on the next challenge, the ATP Masters 1000 Internazionali BNL dItalia, held at the Foro Italico in Rome from May 9 to 16.
Garin, still in contention for the ATP title in Madrid, will face eighth seed Matteo Berrettini who beat Argentinian qualifier Federico Delbonis 7-6 (4), 6-4.