25 Oct 2013

Spotlight - Marcos Giron - September 2013


By Nick Fishpool

Photo: Susan MullaneMarcos Giron (USA)

September 2013


This month will long be remembered by America’s Marcos Giron. The 20-year-old player from California progressed to his first ITF Pro Circuit singles finals, claim his first singles titles and saw his ranking jump dramatically into the ATP Top 1000 for the first time at 747, a ranking which would continue to rise.

Giron saw action during the month at three ITF Pro Circuit tournaments, all on hard courts in his home state of California.

First up was a visit to Claremont where, with partner Clay Thomson, also from America, he reached the doubles semifinal, losing to the eventual title winners. The singles event, however, was a different story.

Unseeded he was drawn to face Matt Fawcett, a qualifier, in the opening round. Following a close 64 first set win, Giron then breezed through the second set without loss of a game to secure a 64 60 win over the South African to get the month off to a winning start.

A 63 64 win followed over fellow American Raymond Sarmiento who was in the draw by virtue of a wild card and a semifinal spot was assured when defeating a second South African qualifier, Damon Gooch, 62 61.

Giron then found himself involved in a real tussle with Tunisian Haythem Abid with a career first singles final for the young American player within touching distance.

The first set went to Giron 75 but his 28-year-old opponent, a regular fixture in the Tunisian Davis Cup squad over the years, inflicted a first set loss of the week on Giron when taking the second set on a tiebreak 7-4.

A tiebreak was also required to separate the two players in the decisive third set, and, recovering from the loss of the previous tiebreak, Giron edged it 8-6 to win through to his first ITF Pro Circuit singles final.

The battle for the title saw Giron facing the tournament’s third seed and fellow American player Dennis Novikov.

Giron got off to a dream start in the final and claimed the opening six games to set himself well on the way to a seemingly easy first title win.

This, however, spurred Novikov into action and a hard fought second set ensued but Novikov wasn’t able to force the match into a third set as Giron claimed his maiden ITF Pro Circuit singles title with a 60 75 triumph.

Costa Mesa staged the second of Giron’s three tournaments this month where he was again among the unseeded entrants and opening against a qualifier.

Kyle-Joshua Dandan of the Philippines managed to take six games off Giron with the American winning 62 64, a win he backed up by seeing off the challenge from another qualifier in compatriot Eduardo Nava.

Nava only won two games in each set of a straight sets loss which was matched by another American opponent, Noah Rubin, in the quarterfinal.

Giron was not to make it into a second final in quick succession though as he once again ran into Haythem Abid where the two engaged in another three set encounter in which, this time, Abid emerged victorious having fallen behind. Following his 46 63 62 win, Abid went on to claim the title for his first since a triumph in Iran during 2009.

Giron would not leave this tournament empty handed though. Teaming up with American player Mackenzie McDonald, a second career doubles title was won with a 63 62 defeat of South African duo Keith-Patrick Crowley and Matt Fawcett.

En route to the title, Giron also gained revenge on top seeds Carsten Ball and Daniel Garza, the pair who he lost to with Clay Thomson in the previous week’s semifinals, by eliminating them in round two.

For his third and final tournament in September, Giron was in Laguna Niguel. Unseeded once more, he only competed in the singles event on this occasion and come the start of the tournament found he had improved his ATP ranking and broken into the Top 1000 for the first time at 747.

As in his previous two singles events, Giron opened with a match against a player who featured in the qualifying event, this time it was German ‘Lucky Loser’ Rafael Davidian who opposed him.

With a 63 62 win, Giron began making progress through the rounds as further straight sets wins followed. American wild card Oscar Fabian Matthews and Damon Gooch, a South African qualifier, were seen off 64 62 and 63 61 respectively as Giron moved into a third consecutive singles semifinal.

Giron’s fine run continued as he defeated Noah Rubin 64 63 for his second win over his fellow American in as many week’s having also faced him in the Costa Mesa quarterfinals.

The title match was against another American player in the fourth seeded Jarmere Jenkins.

Jenkins came out on top from the ten games contested in the opening set, winning 64, which meant, to take a second title, Giron would have to come from behind to win, a feat he had not managed in an ITF Pro Circuit singles main draw since September 2011.

That long run was about to end. Giron, having won his first singles title two weeks earlier, dug deep and finished the match strongly reeling off back-to-back wins of 61 to take the title and finish the month on a high.

Marcos Giron’s career record for finals now reads as two titles from two singles finals and two titles from five doubles finals.

In addition to claiming his first singles titles and breaking into the ATP Top 1000 for the first time, Giron continued his rise up the rankings ending the month at 706, a ranking he would continue to improve on during October.