Garin dismissed a tough draw of opponents en route to the championship, with wins over three seeded players—No. 6 Diego Schwartzman in the second round, top seed Alex Zverev in the quarterfinals and No. 3 Marco Cecchinato in the semifinals.
The Santiago native started the season with only one ATP Tour-level win but has since taken home two titles. His most recent victory has helped him ascend to a career-high ranking of No. 33 in the world.
Here’s more on the 22-year-old rising star.
The Cristian Garin File
Birthplace: Santiago, Chile
Current Ranking: 33
Career-High Ranking: 33 (May 2019)
Best US Open Finish: Second-round qualifying (2017)
- 2019 has been a breakout year for Garin. Since starting the season at No. 84, the Chilean has reached a career-high ranking of No. 33, thanks to a slew of success on clay. Garin reached the final at the Brasil Open in February and captured the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship title in April, ousting seeds Sam Querrey and Jeremy Chardy en route to the championship. He has now posted 19 clay-court wins this year, tying him with Guido Pella for most victories on the surface.
- Garin, who turned pro in 2011, first broke into the Top 100 in October 2018 after winning the Challenger title in Lima but has remained relatively anonymous on the pro circuit. Last year, the native of Chile posted a 46-15 ATP Challenger Tour record, which includes a win over current world No. 9 Stefanos Tsitsipas, and finished the season with a 16-match winning streak and three titles.
- Garin has played in three Grand Slam main draws to date—Wimbledon twice, in 2017 and 2018, and the Australian Open, in 2019. He cites the US Open as his favorite Slam and has played in the US Open Qualifying tournament two times, reaching the second round in 2018 and falling in the first round in 2017.
- Before his recent pro success, Garin had a successful junior career. In 2013, he captured the Roland Garros boys’ singles title after posting straight-set wins over Borna Coric in the semifinals and Zverev in the final. He also made a run to the US Open boys' singles semifinals that year before peaking at No. 4 in the ITF World Junior Rankings that September.
The Said It!
"Of course, I need to keep improving. This is just the beginning. This is my first year playing ATP [Tour events full-time], so I need to improve a lot. I've been working hard, so this is a reward from that." — Garin told ATPTour.com after his title win in Munich