Garin: 'Whatever The Circumstance, I Think I Can Win'
Chilean owns 3-1 record in ATP Tour finals
Cristian Garin is here to stay.
The 23-year-old Chilean is on the rise on the ATP Tour and last week at the Cordoba Open, he left no room for doubt. He continues to write his own success-filled story after beating Diego Schwartzman to lift his third title in four ATP Tour finals.
Garin’s performance in Cordoba was epic for many reasons. Not only did he have to dig deep to finish off a close match that he trailed early on, he was also facing a home player and the tournament’s top seed, which undoubtedly make his latest crown even more valuable. Earlier in the week, after winning his opener, he came back from a set down in three consecutive matches to take the title.
“I won’t rest on my laurels, I have a lot to improve on, and that’s the good thing. I can’t see it any other way. Regardless of whether the results are good, I have thousands of things to improve,” said Garin.
“Cristian is a streaky player... there aren’t many like him, he is hugely aggressive and he can look for the lines all the time,” said Schwartzman. “He can always recover from a bad situation to end up finding his moment in matches. He has the capacity to pick himself up and in Cordoba he did that to perfection.”
“Winning in Argentina is special... I always have good things to say about this country”, said Garin. “Whatever the circumstance, I think I can win and that gives me a confidence boost.”
Meanwhile, Garin’s path continues onwards and upwards and it seems to know no limits. Just a year ago, before his victory in the first round of the Argentina Open against Felix Auger-Aliassime, Garin had just one ATP victory. After earning his first tour-level win at the age of 16, it took Garin six years to win on the ATP Tour again. Plenty happened in the lead-up to this change in fortunes, but in the past eleven months, the Chilean has picked up three tour-level crowns and dozens of victories. But what changed?
“I was working well two years ago, in tennis and fitness, above all on court,” said Garin. “But maybe the difference was starting to dedicate myself 100 per cent to my career and to tennis, which I didn’t do before. The changes were significant and the results amazing.”
Encouraged by his success, Garin is keen to push for more.
“Personally, I really like working, learning and dedicating myself to this and now I’m focused... I’ve only just got started,” said Garin.
New and better chapters are yet to be written as Garin continues on his path to success. Keep an eye out for him.