Southern California native Marcos Giron isn’t on the European Indoor hardcourt swing anymore, but he’s still playing fantastic tennis. The 2014 NCAA singles champion—who made his first ATP semifinal two weeks ago in Sofia— came from a set down to defeat US Open quarterfinalist Botic Van de Zandschulp in Wednesday’s first round.

The two talented players put on a show for most of the match, with Giron’s steady baseline play ultimately outlasting the Dutchman’s wonderful combination of power and finesse, 6-7 (7), 6-2, 6-4.


Giron will next face 27th seeded Filip Krajinovic in a very winnable match as he attempts to make the third round for a second consecutive time.