In a fantastic match on Stadium 4, Santiago Giraldo upset No. 9 seed Jared Donaldson in round two at the Oracle Challenger Series Indian Wells. The intense back-and-forth affair took just under two hours to complete, with Giraldo coming out on top 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.
Giraldo overwhelmed the higher seeded Donaldson in the opening set, winning (46/70) 66% of his service points and breaking Donaldson’s serve numerous times on his way to a swift 6-2 lead.
Donaldson would not go quietly, as he reversed the scores in the second set to take his own 6-2 frame. Behind the strength of seven aces, the American rallied to even the scoreboard in his attempt to regain the momentum of the match. Coming off of a strong 2018 season which included an appearance at the Oracle Challenger Series Houston and a semifinal finish in the Mexican Open that boosted him to a career high ranking of No. 48, he was looking for his strongest Challenger performance yet.
Unfortunately for him, Giraldo regained his early form in the third and final set. The pair rallied back-and-forth in what was by far the most competitive frame, with Giraldo emerging with enough key points to down Donaldson 6-4.
On the heels of his impressive victory, Giraldo will meet another foreign upstart looking to continue his surprising journey in Indian Wells. He’ll take on Britain’s Daniel Evans, who is coming off of a huge upset over No. 6 seed Denis Istomin.