It took a few attempts, but Santiago Giraldo has finally beaten a top-10 player… And, he’s registered back-to-back wins against two big name players in tennis in the process.
Following his second-round upset win over World No. 13 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round, the 26-year-old Colombian tenista slaughtered Andy Murray on Thursday in the third round at the ATP Mutua Madrid Open.
The Wimbledon champion was simply overwhelmed by Giraldo, who is currently ranked No. 46 in the world.
Giraldo beat Murray 6-3, 6-2 in a mere 70 minutes.
Murray’s play was erratic throughout the match against the Colombian qualifier, who earned his first career victory against a top-10 player in 20 attempts.
“He played very well from start to finish,” Murray said. “Towards the end I didn’t put enough pressure on him to force him to make errors. He dictated most of the points and deserved to win. I didn’t envisage the match finishing like that.”
Giraldo will next face Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in the quarterfinals.