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Wimbledon: Who is Crisitan Garin and how can he ruin Australian Nick Kyrgios’ tournament?

Who is Cristian Garin and how can he ruin Wimbledon for Australia? Everything you need to know about Nick Kyrgios’ dangerous quarter-final opponent

  • Garin booked a date with Nick Kyrgios after defeating Aussie Alex de Minaur 
  • The Chilean is ranked 43rd in the world but has been enjoying a dream run 
  • Kyrgios and Garin will play off for a spot in the semi finals on Wednesday night 

One man stands in the way of Nick Kyrgios progressing to the semi-finals at Wimbledon on Wednesday night: unseeded Chilean player Cristian Garin – who has already ended the fairytale run of one Aussie this tournament. 

Garin earned his way through to a quarter-final matchup against Kyrgios after coming from two sets down to beat Aussie Alex de Minaur in a thriller on Monday night. 

The 26-year-old Chilean is currently ranked 43rd in the world, but has risen as high as 17th on the back of five ATP titles in his career. However, he has previously gone no further than the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament.

Garin had an impressive junior career, winning the 2013 Junior French Open and becoming the youngest Chilean to win an ATP match – and crucially, he is currently in red-hot form and Kyrgios will not have it easy.

Cristian Garin hits from the baseline during his epic five-set win over Aussie Alex de Minaur on Monday night

Cristian Garin (left) and girlfriend Melanie Goldberg (right)

Cristian Garin (left) and girlfriend Melanie Goldberg (right)

Garin was born in Santiago, where he still lives, to parents Sergio Garin and Anne Medone, and often posts pictures on social media with glamorous girlfriend Melanie Goldberg.

His career highlights have included wins over Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev, though his route to the quarter-finals has been slightly more straightforward. 

His first-round match was a walkover before he cruised by fellow unseeded players Hugo Grenier and Elias Ymer in successive straight-set victories.

Cristian Garin and Melanie Goldberg often express their affection on Instagram

Cristian Garin and Melanie Goldberg often express their affection on Instagram

Garin was impressive against American Jenson Brooksby, before he mounted an incredible comeback in his five-set thriller over de Minaur, which left the Chilean lost for words. 

‘Honestly, I don’t have any words right now. I just gave everything I have,’ he said after the match.

‘It was a very tough fight. It was a battle. I think Alex is an incredible player, for me one of the best on grass.’

Cristian Garin celebrates after beating Aussie Alex de Minaur on Monday night

Cristian Garin celebrates after beating Aussie Alex de Minaur on Monday night

Garin was trailing the Aussie 2-6, 5-7 after the opening two sets, but after an exhausting four-hour, 34-minute epic, he won a tiebreak 10-6 in the fifth set to secure victory.

He said the key to the win was an aggressive mindset – something Kyrgios will need to be wary of. 

‘I am exhausted. I just gave my best, and I think in the fifth set it was for him or for me…. I tried to be aggressive, went to the net, and tried to be aggressive with my serve as well. I think that was the key,’ Garin said.

Nick Kyrgios will be taking on Garin in the quarter-finals on Wednesday night

Nick Kyrgios will be taking on Garin in the quarter-finals on Wednesday night

No doubt the Chilean’s match-up with Kyrgios will be an entertaining and absorbing encounter, after the star Aussie held his nerve to win a five-set epic of his own against Brandon Nakashima.

‘I was really excited to play Demon (Alex de Minaur), he’s been flying the Aussie flag for so long and I came on court when he was two sets to one up so I was expecting to play him. But I’m not even going to think about, I need a glass of wine, for sure,’ Kyrgios said after the game. 

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