Christian Garin names three players he idolized while growing up


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Christian Garin names three players he idolized while growing up

Rising Chilean star Christian Garin has revealed a couple of interesting things during his interview with the US Men's Clay Court Championships. The 22-year-old is having a dream debut on the clay courts of Houston as he has reached the semi-final at the tournament.

The Chilean will be fighting against home-favorite Sam Querrey for a place in the Houston final. Speaking ahead of his semi-final match, world No. 73 Garin named three tennis legends he idolized while growing up. "I liked Marat Safin and also Carlos Moya and Guillermo Coria," Garin said when asked who were his idols growing up.

Safin, 39, is a former two-time Grand Slam champion and world No. 1. The Russian tennis legend was also known for his hot temper. Moya, who is now a member of Rafael Nadal's coaching staff, is a former French Open and Davis Cup champion, as well as a former world No.

1. 37-year-old Corria is a former nine-time ATP champion and former world No. 3. "No, no. For sure no," Garin claimed when asked growing up did he break as many as rackets as his idols Safin did. During his interview with the Houston event, Garin also gave recognition to record 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer.

"The serve of Roger, I think," Garin revealed when asked what shot from another player he would borrow if he could.