Garin Downs Cecchinato To Reach Munich Final
Chilean will meet Berrettini in Sunday's final
Cristian Garin advanced to his third ATP Tour championship match of the season on Saturday, defeating third seed Marco Cecchinato 6-2, 6-4 at the BMW Open by FWU.
"I am very happy with the game that I am [playing]," said Garin. "I am playing great this week. I played really important matches for my career, so I am just thinking of myself. I am playing really aggressive. I am focussed on just myself at the moment... and being ready for tomorrow."
The Chilean added to final appearances in Sao Paulo (l. to Pella) and Houston (d. Ruud) after 72 minutes, saving both break points he faced en route to victory. Garin has enjoyed a breakthrough year on the ATP Tour, notching 18 victories from 24 tour-level matches. Prior to this year, the 22 year-old owned one ATP Tour main draw win. Garin will enter the Top 40 in the ATP Rankings for the first time on 6 May.
"It was a really good match for me, I played really solid from the beginning," said Garin. "Marco is a great player, a great clay-court player. Conditions were tough, because we played the same game three times [with two rain delays in one game]. That was tough, but I am very happy that I won."
One day after saving two match points to claim the biggest win of his career against World No. 3 and two-time defending champion Alexander Zverev, Garin kept his composure to confirm his place in the final after two rain delays in the second set. The World No. 47 will meet Matteo Berrettini for the first time in the championship match.
After persistent rain forced the second semi-final to be played on Sunday morning, Berrettini needed just 70 minutes to beat fourth seed Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-2. The Italian, bidding to win his second ATP Tour trophy in as many weeks, claimed 83 per cent of first-serve points (30/36) and converted three of four break points to extend his winning streak to nine matches. Last week, Berrettini defeated Rio Open presented by Claro champion Laslo Djere and Filip Krajinovic in back-to-back matches at the Hungarian Open to lift his second tour-level title.
Did You Know?
Garin is second on the ATP Tour for most match wins on clay this year. The Houston champion, who owns an 18-5 tour-level record on the surface in 2019, is one win short of matching Guido Pella's tour-leading tally of 19 victories (19-6).