Garin Saves 2 M.P., Unseats Two-Time Champion Zverev In Munich
The milestone moments keep piling on for Cristian Garin. The Chilean scored his first-ever Top 5 win at the BMW Open by FWU in Munich, saving two match points in his quarter-final with top seed Alexander Zverev of Germany to defeat the two-time defending champion 6-4, 5-7, 7-5.
Garin had just one career ATP Tour main draw win at the start of the season, Since then, he’s won his first ATP Tour title in Houston (d. Ruud) and earned his first two victories over players inside the Top 20 of the ATP Rankings. The 22-year-old was ranked outside the Top 200 just 12 months ago, but will crack the Top 40 on Monday if he can reach the final.
The Chilean squandered three match points on his serve at 5-4 in the second set, then bravely fought back from a break down in the final set and saved two match points on his serve at 4-5. Garin won 12 of the last 13 points to prevail in two hours and 12 minutes.
Awaiting Garin in the semi-finals is third-seeded Italian Marco Cecchinato, who saved one match point in a 1-6, 7-5, 7-5 comeback win over eighth seed Marton Fucsovics of Hungary. Cecchinato won his lone FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting with Garin this February at the Argentina Open en route to winning the title (d. Schwartzman).
Fucsovics led by a set and 40/0 in the first game of the second set when rain interrupted play. Upon the resumption, he held a match point at 5-4, with Cecchinato serving at 30/40 prior to being broken in the 11th game of the set. Cecchinato saved 15 of 19 break points and broke decisively in the 11th game of the decider.
On the other half of the draw, fourth seed Roberto Bautista Agut will meet Italian Matteo Berrettini in the semi-finals. Bautista Agut ousted seventh seed Guido Pella 4-6, 6-4, 6-0, winning 52 per cent of his return points.
It was a tough matchup for the Spaniard against Pella, who leads the ATP Tour with 19 clay-court wins this year. But Bautista Agut broke the Argentine seven times to reach his second semi-final of 2019.
Berrettini eliminated three-time Munich champion and home favourite Philipp Kohlschreiber 4-6, 7-5, 6-4. The Italian was clutch in key moments, breaking to win the second and third sets.