Chilean tennis star Cristian Garin has underlined that he absolutely loves playing on clay as he hopes to make a deep run at this week's Monte Carlo Masters. On Tuesday, Garin kicked off his Monte Carlo Masters campaign on a positive note as he beat rising Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-6 (3) 6-1.
The match started on Tuesday but it was suspended due to rain and it continued on Tuesday. "The conditions were pretty different [from] yesterday,” Garin said in his post-match interview, per the ATP website. “Yesterday, the court was pretty humid and today it was faster.
I love these conditions. It is my favourite surface… These matches help me a lot to keep looking at the things I have to improve. I am very happy to be playing here in Monte-Carlo”.
Garin delivered a good performance against Auger-Aliassime
When the match started on Monday, Auger-Aliassime got off to a great start as he took an early 3-0 lead.
When the match continued on Tuesday, Garin saved two set points on his serve in the eighth game before breaking back Auger-Aliassime in the ninth game. Garin also saved two set points in the 12th game before stealing the first set in the tie-break.
After failing to close out the first set, Auger-Aliassime's game fell apart as Garin claimed two breaks in the second set to book a straight-set win. "I didn’t expect to play Felix in the first round. He is a great player with a really great future, so I am very happy with the way I played today,” Garin said.
“I hope to keep improving. Most of the tournaments that I played this year were on clay, so I had more rhythm”. Garin plays next against Australian John Millman. “[Millman] is a very solid player,” Garin said.
“I saw his match yesterday [and] he played really well. He is a dangerous player. Every player here plays amazing”.