Twenty-two-year-old Christian Garin is quickly making a name for himself on red clay. On Wednesday in Houston, he saved five match points in a three-hour marathon match against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, bringing his 2019 clay-court record to 8-3. Earlier in the week, he dispatched clay-court specialist Pablo Cuevas in three sets.
The Chilean's only losses on clay this year came against Guido Pella, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Marco Cecchinato. Not a bad loss in sight for the world No. 73, who looks very comfortable on the slow surface.
Garin will face Henri Laaksonen in the quarterfinals, a match in which the young Chilean will likely be the favorite to win. He's is beginning to look like a player to watch over the next couple of months.