Christian Garin won his first career ATP title with a three-set win over Casper Ruud at the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship in Houston on Sunday. The score was 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-3.
Garin, the 2013 French Open boys’ champion, was playing his second career ATP final. It was Garin’s second ATP final in as many main draw appearances. He reached his first-ever final in February at Sao Paulo. Garin, 22, is the youngest US Clay champion since 22-year-old Jack Sock won the 2015 title, and is the first Chilean player to win an ATP title since 2009 (Fernando Gonzalez at Viña del Mar) and the first from his country to win at US Clay since Gonzalez in 2000 at Orlando. With this win, Garin is projected to break into the Top 50 for the first time in his career.
“It was a really intense match today. I think what I did well was to keep playing my game throughout the match,” noted Garin. “Of course, now I want more, so I have to keep working hard and improving every day.”
The 2020 Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship will be held April 4-12 at River Oaks Country Club.