GARIN OVERPOWERS

GARIN OVERPOWERS QUERREY TO MAKE HOUSTON FINAL

14 Apr, 2019

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Chilean Christian Garin powered past eighth seed Sam Querrey to make his second ATP Tour final at the US Men’s Clay Court Championship in Houston.

Garin, who beat Querrey 7-6(2) 6-2, will play Casper Ruud in Sunday’s final after the Norwegian defeated Colombian qualifier Daniel Elahi Galan 7-5 6-2.

Querrey was the last remaining seed but the American could not hold off Garin in the first set and was overwhelmed in the second.

The 22-year-old Chilean was two points from losing the opening set at 5-6, but held serve and cruised through the tiebreak.

Garin remained dominant on serve in the second set, winning 16 of 19 service points as Querrey’s forehand failed him.

“The conditions today were slow and windy, which is really good for me,” Garin told reporters.     “I was really focused in the second set and I think he was a bit tired in the end, but I’m playing really well.