“If Garin retires from tennis today, we have to make him a monument… I have no doubt that he will be on top again”

“If Garin retires from tennis today, we have to make him a monument… I have no doubt that he will be on top again”
“If Garin retires from tennis today, we have to make him a monument… I have no doubt that he will be on top again”

Although the spotlight this week went to Alejandro Tabilo and Nicolás Jarry for their notable performance at the Masters 1000 in Rome, many do not forget Cristian Garin, who they trust will be able to join his compatriots and become an entertainer of the best tournaments in the world. It is the case of Matías Sborowitz, former Chilean tennis player who shared with ‘Gago’ when he was just starting his career.

‘Sboro’ has no doubts when it comes to matching the current number three from Chile, who is fighting to return to the Top 100. This year, he has shown signs of his potential by reaching two ATP semi-finals in a row, with a triumph included against Alexander Zverev.

“Chileans don’t realize that Garin was 17th in the world. There are people who ask me ‘hey, what do you think, why has it gone down?’ and what I say is that If Garin retires from tennis today, and a monument must be made for him. Not everyone becomes 17 in the world. I admire him. I find it to be dry,” he says. Sborowitz to AS Chile.

– His last professional match was against him…

– I remember perfectly. At that time we trained together with Guillermo Pérez Roldán and we just had that match. Roldán told us ‘I’m not going to see them’ and he didn’t go to the club (laughs).

– What was your relationship like?

– We got along very very well. And also, it was very useful for me to train with him because he had a different ball speed. Playing all day with him, who even (Rafael) Nadal had signed up for his academy, helped me a lot.

– Any anecdotes?

– I remember when we went to the Davis Cup in Uruguay and Garin was 15 years old at that time. I was 18 and we played training sets and he beat us all (laughs). He always played amazing. At 16 he beat Chardy in Viña, he won Roland Garros Junior…

– Do you think Garin can return to the Top 20?

– Yessss! For me, Garin has a tennis that very few in the world have. He is very powerful, he has a very good right hand, a very good backhand, a great physique, he is a great fighter. It is not easy to stay within the top 20 in the world. If I had to bet on Garin coming out on top again, I would do it one hundred percent. Tennis-wise he is very good. It is something that he does well in a couple of tournaments and I have no doubt that he is going to get involved again.

– What do you think that Gonzalo Lama is training you right now?

– I am very happy for both of them. Garin has all the shots and having someone like Lama who supports you a lot, keeps you involved in the game, with a very good head. He worked his butt off training, he was the first to arrive at the club. It is a duo that complements each other very well. Garin is in good hands. Furthermore, to be 17th in the world you must have a very good head. You don’t arrive by luck.

Matías Sborowitz (center) with Cristian Garin and Nicolás Massú.
 
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