Giraldo Advances to the Third Round at Wimbledon

It may have taken two days and five sets, but Santiago Giraldo is still alive at Wimbledon.

The 26-year-old Colombian tennis player defeated Spain’s Marcel Granollers, the No. 30 seed, 4-6, 7-6, 1-6, 6-1, 7-5 in the second round on Friday.

Santiago Giraldo

The hard-fought match was played over two days due to weather delays at the All England Club, and Giraldo had to go deep into a fifth set to clinch the win and match his best showing at a Grand Slam tournament. He previously reached the third round at the 2012 French Open.

Giraldo, currently ranked No. 35 in the world, will next face a stiff challenge from former World No. 1 Roger Federer, a 17-time Grand Slam winner with seven Wimbledon titles.

Ahead of Saturday’s clash Federer holds a 1-0 head to head record against Giraldo, after a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 win at the 2011 US Open.

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