The Chilean reached an impressive career-high ranking of number 17 in the world, in 2021. Here we look at Cristian Garin in more detail, including who his coach is.
After winning the biggest title of his career in 2020, at Rio de Janeiro to rise to number 18 in the ATP Rankings, Garin managed to go one better the following year.
But the five-time ATP Tour champion has more than shown his big match pedigree, during his career so far. To lift the 2019 Houston title, Garin saved five match points to oust Jeremy Chardy.
In the same year, the 25-year-old saved two match points to upset German Alexander Zverev, on home soil, en-route to winning the 2019 Munich title.
During his career, he has reached the quarter-finals of the ATP Masters 1000 event in Paris, as well as making the last-16 of the French Open and Wimbledon, in 2021.
Garin earned his first ATP Tour win at 2013 Vina del Mar as a 16-year-old wildcard, where he defeated Dusan Lajovic. But he had to wait six years to secure his second win on the tour, which came at the 2019 Buenos Aires tournament, where he defeated Canadian sensation Felix Auger-Aliassime (ATP).
Garin, a former world number four on the junior circuit, beat Zverev (6-1,6-4) to win the 2013 Roland Garros boys’ singles title and reached the boys’ doubles final with countryman Nicolas Jarry.
He became the first Chilean to win the junior singles title since Fernando Gonzalez in 1998 (ATP).
In 2021, he matched his previous best of reaching an ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final. He reached the last eight on the red dirt in Madrid, where he beat Daniil Medvedev, before losing to Matteo Berrettini in three-sets.
In both of Garin’s 2021 last-16 Grand Slam appearances, he unfortunately ran into the only two players that lifted a major that year, Novak Djokovic and Medvedev.
Who is Cristian Garin’s coach?
Garin started playing tennis at the age of five with his dad. His father, Sergio, and mother, Anna Medone, are both engineers (ATP).
His coach is Argentine Franco Davin, who is a former ATP player and won three singles tournaments. Davin reached a career-high ranking of world number 30.
Like Garin, Davin also reached a Grand Slam final on the junior circuit, but unlike the Chilean, the 51-year-old lost in straight sets at Flushing Meadows.
Davin coached fellow countryman Juan Martin del Potro until July 2015, and was the captain of the Argentine Davis Cup team.
Under the stewardship of Davin, del Potro won the 2009 US Open, defeating Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals and Roger Federer in the final en-route to winning his maiden Grand Slam. Davin also coached Gaston Gaudio when the won the 2004 French Open and Grigor Dimitrov from 2015 to 2016, as well as working with Brit Kyle Edmund.
With Davin having the experience of guiding South American stars to Grand Slam stardom, Garin will be hoping 2022 brings yet another personal best year.