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Santiago Giraldo

Santiago Giraldo
Giraldo at the 2015 French Open
Country (sports)  Colombia
Residence Bogotá, Colombia
Born (1987-11-27) 27 November 1987
Pereira, Colombia
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro 2006
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $3,069,443
Career record 125–145 (ATP Tour and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 28 (29 September 2014)
Current ranking No. 57 (13 July 2015)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2010, 2011, 2012, 2015)
French Open 3R (2012)
Wimbledon 3R (2014, 2015)
US Open 1R (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
Career record 20–57 (ATP Tour and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 92 (2 February 2015)
Current ranking No. 92 (2 February 2015))
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2015)
French Open 2R (2015)
Wimbledon 1R (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015)
US Open 2R (2014, 2015)
Last updated on: 1 December 2014.

Santiago Giraldo Salazar (born 27 November 1987) is a Colombian male tennis player from Pereira in Colombia. He plays on the ATP tour and represents Colombia in the Davis Cup competition. His best tournament result is reaching the final in the 2014 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. Giraldo's career-high singles ranking is World No. 28.


  • ATP Tour 1
  • Playing style 2
  • ATP career finals 3
    • Singles: 2 (2 runner-ups) 3.1
    • Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up) 3.2
  • Challenger and Futures finals 4
  • Singles performance timeline 5
  • Doubles performance timeline 6
  • Wins over top 10 players 7
  • Personal life 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

ATP Tour

Since turning professional in 2006, Santiago Giraldo has competed in lower events at Buenos Aires, Bogotá and Asunción. He reached the final at Bogotá in October 2007 but he lost out in straight sets. Giraldo reached his first Grand Slam main draw at the 2007 French Open, where he lost to Novak Djoković.

Santiago played in his first major non-Grand Slam singles tournament on 12–15 March 2008, the Masters Series Pacific Life Open, where he lost to then World No. 2 and defending champion Rafael Nadal 6–3, 6–3, in the second round.[2] He had beaten Werner Eschauer in the first round after coming through two rounds of qualifying. Giraldo then qualified for the 2008 Sony Ericsson Open, where he has lost in round 1. He played in the 2008 French Open after the withdrawal of home-favourite Richard Gasquet through injury, but he had lost in the first round against Florent Serra of France.

He qualified for the 2009 French Open, but lost to Denis Istomin in the first round.

At the 2010 Australian Open, he saw off Seed No. 16 Tommy Robredo 6–4, 6–2, 6–2 in the first round. However, he lost in the second round to Łukasz Kubot 4–6, 6–3, 3–6, 1–6.

At the 2010 Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome, a Masters 1000 event, he produced a heavy ground game to crush down 12th seed Juan Carlos Ferrero 6–0, 6–3 in the first round, followed by a 6–3, 6–2 win over Michaël Llodra in the second round. However his run was ended at the hands of World No. 10 and 7th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3–6, 4–6 in the third round.

At the 2011 Heineken Open in Auckland, New Zealand, Giraldo made it to the semi-finals, where he lost to David Ferrer 3–6, 5–7. At the 2011 Australian Open, he reached second round where he lost to Marin Čilić 3–6, 6–7, 1–6. He also reached the final of the 2011 Movistar Open where he lost to Tommy Robredo 2–6, 6–2, 6–7 despite serving for the championship at 5–3.

At the 2011 US Open, Giraldo was drawn against World No. 3 Roger Federer in the first round to whom he lost in straight sets, 4–6, 3–6, 2–6.

At the French Open he lost first round to Grega Zemlja 4–6, 1–6, 4–6.

In the first round of 2014 Heineken Open, Giraldo beat Spaniard Albert Montañés in straight sets 6-1, 7-6. His Tournament ended in the second round, losing in a thrilling 3-setter against Guillermo García-López losing 7-6(7), 2-6, 3-6. He beat Marcel Granollers and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez at Viña del Mar to reach semi-finals, where he was defeated by Leonardo Mayer. The Colombian upset Tommy Robredo at the 2014 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell and reached semi-finals, after which he lost to Fernando Verdasco.

At the 2014 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, he reached his second ATP final, and the first one of an ATP World Tour 500 series. On the way, he defeated 3rd seeded Fabio Fognini, 10th seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber and 6th seeded Nicolas Almagro. He lost the tournament against Kei Nishikori in straight sets 2-6, 2-6.

In May 2014, Giraldo surprised Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round of the 2014 Mutua Madrid Open beating the 11th seeded Frenchman in straight sets 6-4, 6-3. Then he achieved his first win against a top 10, after defeating the World No. 8 and two-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray in straight sets 6-3, 6-2. He advanced to the quarterfinals but lost to Roberto Bautista-Agut.

At Wimbledon, the Colombian defeated Granollers in second round and lost to Roger Federer in third round. At Washington he was defeated by Vasek Pospisil in quarter-finals. At the US Open he was beaten by Teymuraz Gabashvili in first round. The player reached semi-finals at Shenzhen, where he lost to Tommy Robredo.

Playing style

Ground strokes Giraldo is known to have an extremely powerful and devastating forehand that he uses to move his opponents around and end points quickly. His forehand has been likened to that of Fernando González's (incidentally his coach), with a huge back swing, coming into contact with the ball with extreme speed while flattening it out. Giraldo also uses this technique to hit balls out wide at an acute angle, which is a signature shot of his. His forehand is known to reach speeds of up to 110mph. While his backhand is generally his weaker shot in terms of pace, he uses an identical technique, which makes his backhand flat and low. He is known for his flair in shot-making with both his forehand and backhand, often hitting balls with extreme pace or angles. His best shot is the running forehand.

Serve Giraldo's serve is not one of his strengths, but he possesses a decent flat and strong first serve and a top-spin second serve. His first serves can reach up to 120mph.

Specialty - Return of Serves Giraldo has one of the most powerful and extreme returns of serve in the tour. Unlike traditional good returners such as Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Andre Agassi who use anticipation and footwork to take serves early and efficiently, Giraldo uses a different style. He usually stands further behind the base line, especially on second serves, and winds up a huge back swing on either wing and takes the ball later, injecting a sudden amount of pace. He is also adept at controlling serves such that he can hit them at acute angles with speed to finish off the point early. This makes his return of serve especially devastating to his opponents.

Weaknesses Giraldo's weaknesses include his consistency and agility. Because of his shot-making and hyper-aggressive style of play, he is more than prone to making unforced errors on his ground stroke rallies(surprisingly more often than his returns of serve). Also, because he often goes for hard, flat shots, he hits the ball into the net more often than other players. His play-style relies on dictating points and winning quickly, so he is affected by quick counter-punchers who can move him around and return his shots consistently, such as David Ferrer, Andy Murray and occasionally Rafael Nadal (although his play-style arguable counters Nadal's as well due to the fact that Nadal has a weak serve and top-spin shots that Giraldo can capitalise on). Giraldo occasionally exhibits clumsy footwork as well, and sometimes is simply not fast enough to retrieve directed or drop shots.

ATP career finals

Singles: 2 (2 runner-ups)

Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals(0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–1)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0–1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (0–2)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 6 February 2011 Movistar Open, Santiago, Chile Clay Tommy Robredo 2–6, 6–2, 6–7(5–7)
Runner-up 2. 27 April 2014 Barcelona Open, Barcelona, Spain Clay Kei Nishikori 2–6, 2–6

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)

Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0–1)
Finals by Surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 22 July 2012 Swiss Open, Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Robert Farah Marcel Granollers
Marc López
4–6, 6–7(9–11)

Challenger and Futures finals

ATP Challenger Tour (8)
ITF Futures (3)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 9 October 2005 Medellín, Colombia Clay Luciano Vitullo 2–6, 6–4, 7–5
Winner 2. 7 May 2006 Cali, Colombia Clay Carlos Salamanca 6–4, 6–2
Winner 3. 25 June 2006 Sorocaba, Brazil Clay Eduardo Portal 7–6(8–6), 6–2
Winner 4. 23 July 2006 Bogotá, Colombia Clay Bruno Echagaray 6–3, 1–6, 6–2
Winner 5. 18 March 2007 Bogotá, Colombia Clay Flávio Saretta 7–6(7–4), 6–2
Winner 6. 14 October 2007 Quito, Ecuador Clay Giovanni Lapentti 7–6(7–4), 6–4
Runner–up 7. 2 June 2008 Fürth, Germany Clay Daniel Köllerer 6–1, 6–3
Winner 8. 17 January 2009 Salinas, Ecuador Hard Michael Russell 6–3, 6–2
Winner 9. 17 April 2009 San Luis Potosí, Mexico Clay Paolo Lorenzi 6–2, 6–7(3–7), 6–2
Winner 10. 11 October 2009 Sacramento, California, USA Hard Jesse Levine 7–6(7–4), 6–1
Runner–up 11. 9 November 2009 Guayaquil, Ecuador Clay Nicolás Lapentti 6–2, 2–6, 7–6(7–4)
Winner 12. 18 April 2010 Pereira, Colombia Clay (Red) Paolo Lorenzi 6–3, 6–3
Runner–up 13. 9 July 2012 Bogotá, Colombia Clay Alejandro Falla 7–5, 6–3
Winner 14. 25 March 2013 Pereira, Colombia Clay (Red) Paul Capdeville 6–2, 6–4
Runner–up 15. 1 July 2013 Todi, Italy Clay Pere Riba 7–6 (7–5), 2–6, 7–6 (8–6)

Singles performance timeline


Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup - / Fed Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.

To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.

Current till 2015 US Open.
Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open LQ A A 2R 2R 2R 1R 1R 2R 4–6
French Open 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 3R 1R 1R 2R 3–9
Wimbledon LQ A Q1 1R 1R 1R 2R 3R 3R 4–6
US Open Q1 LQ Q2 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 0–6
Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–4 1–4 3–4 1–4 2–4 3–4 11–27
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics NH A Not Held 2R Not Held 1–1
Davis Cup Singles
Americas Zone Group I A A 2R 2R 1R 2R 2R 2R 2R 11–4
World Group A A A PO A A PO PO 3–4
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 1–1 3–1 2–1 3–1 3–1 1–2 1-1 14–8
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A 2R 1R A 2R 3R 1R 2R 2R 5–7
Miami Masters A 1R LQ 2R 1R 2R 2R 1R 3R 4–7
Monte Carlo Masters A A A A 1R A A A A 0–1
Madrid Masters A A A 2R 2R 1R 2R QF 1R 6–6
Rome Masters A A A 3R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2–6
Canada Masters LQ A LQ 1R A A A 1R A 0–2
Cincinnati Masters A A LQ 1R A 1R A 1R Q2 0–3
Shanghai Masters NMS A LQ 3R A 1R 1R 2–3
Paris Masters A A A 2R 1R A 2R 2R 3–4
Win–Loss 0–0 1–2 0–1 5–6 4–7 3–5 3–6 5–8 1–4 22–39
Career statistics
Titles–Finals 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–2
Year End Ranking 538 163 107 64 55 57 69 32

Doubles performance timeline

This table is current through Australian Open 2015.
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1–6
French Open 1R 1R 1R A 1R 2R 1–5
Wimbledon 1R 1R A 1R 1R 1R 0–5
US Open 1R 1R A A 2R 2R 2–4
Win–Loss 0–4 0–4 0–2 0–2 1-3 3-4 4–20
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics Not Held 1R Not Held 0–1

Wins over top 10 players

# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score
1. Andy Murray 8 Madrid, Spain Clay 3R 6–3, 6–2
2. Marin Čilić 10 Geneva, Switzerland Clay QF 7–5, 6–3
3. Kei Nishikori 5 Wimbledon, London, England Grass 2R W/O

Personal life

In 2014 Giraldo started dating Romanian tennis player Sorana Cîrstea[3]


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  2. ^ Nadal beats Giraldo at Indian Wells
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