Top-ranked Chilean tennis player Cristian Garin acknowledged that starting the season with a loss wasn't ideal but noted that he is in a good spirits as he absolutely enjoys working with his new coach Franco Davin. Garin, ranked at No.
22 in the world, suffered an early exit at the Delray Beach Open as he was beaten by qualifier Christian Harrison in his opener at the tournament. Garin, who was seeded at No. 1, had a first round bye in Delray Beach before home favorite Harrison claimed a 7-6 (3) 6-2 win over the Chilean.
"I took the decision four months ago and now I'm working with Franco, we've been working really, really good. We've been working for two months, we made a really good preseason, as I sad I was playing very good before the tournament.
Once I got here the conditions, as I sad again, were bad for me, my game. I'm very happy with the work that we have been doing and I'm just thinking about the next, playing well. Last year I started losing four matches in a row.
It's not good to start like this, but like I sad I have no bad feelings," Garin said after losing his opener in Delray Beach, as revealed by Chris Oddo.
Garin had his chances against Harrison
Garin made a perfect start to the match as he broke Harrison in the second game to open an early 3-0 lead.
But Harrison quickly responded as he broke back Harrison in the fifth game and quickly leveled the set to three games apiece. Garin saved three set points on Harrison's serve in the 12th game but then lost six consecutive points after taking a 3-1 lead in the tie-break.
The two players were tied at two games apiece in the second set before Harrison claimed back-to-back breaks to seal a straight-set win. "He is so professional, he knows what to do, he knows how to organize the practice, the tournaments and he always gives me good feedback.
We've been working really good that's why it's kind of sad the way that I played today, because of the conditions. I'm very grateful to have him by my side and I know that we will have many many more tournaments so I just want to keep learning, and he knows that this week it was tough, so I'm happy to have him by my side," Garin added.