Santiago Giraldo Salazar (Latin American Spanish: [sanˈtjaɣo xiˈɾaldo salaˈsaɾ], born 27 November 1987) is a retired Colombian professional tennis player.[1] He played on the ATP tour and represented Colombia in the Davis Cup competition. His best tournament result is reaching the final in the 2014 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. He is the highest-ranked tennis singles player in Colombia's history, with a career-high singles ranking of 28th in the world, and 77th in doubles.

Santiago Giraldo
Giraldo at the 2015 French Open
Country (sports) Colombia
ResidencePereira, Colombia
Born (1987-11-27) 27 November 1987 (age 36)
Pereira, Colombia
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro2006
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachDavid Sánchez
Felipe Berón
Pepe Imaz
Prize money$4,541,251
Career record168–205 (ATP Tour and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 28 (29 September 2014)
Current rankingNo. 341 (5 April 2021)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open2R (2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016)
French Open3R (2012)
Wimbledon3R (2014, 2015)
US Open2R (2017)
Career record27–74 (ATP Tour and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 77 (8 June 2015)
Current rankingNo. 1302 (5 April 2021)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian Open2R (2015)
French Open2R (2015)
Wimbledon1R (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015)
US Open2R (2014, 2015)
Last updated on: 9 April 2021.

Throughout his career he has beaten several ex-number-one players such as Lleyton Hewitt, Juan Carlos Ferrero, and Andy Murray as well as some top-ten players such as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Kei Nishikori, Marin Čilić, Milos Raonic, Dominic Thiem, Gilles Simon, Jürgen Melzer, Rainer Schüttler, Tommy Robredo, Janko Tipsarević, and Nicolás Lapentti. He has beaten golden-generation players from Argentinian tennis such as Gastón Gaudio, Guillermo Cañas, Mariano Puerta, Juan Martín del Potro, and David Nalbandian.

Professional career


In October 2003, at age 15, Giraldo became the youngest player in his country to be ranked by the ATP, getting his first point with the ITF Futures tournament in Medellín. In 2005, he won his first professional tournament in Medellín, and a 15,000 dollar prize, in the ITF Futures category. In 2006, age 18, he won the Challenger de Bogotá title and reached the Challenger de Medellín final.

In March 2007, Giraldo won the Challenger de Bogotá title, beating the Brazilian Flávio Saretta, and won the Challenger de Quite against Giovanni Lapentti. He reached two finals in the same Challenger category. Although he lost to the Spanish Fernando Vicente in the Challenger de San Luis Potosí, he was close to the Top-100, reaching position 115, and also entered the Roland Garros' main draw as a "lucky loser". In October of the same year, he reached the Challenger de Bogotá final, losing to Marcos Daniel. His only ATP triumph in 2007 was beating the Venezuelan Yohny Romero in the Davis Cup, helping Colombia win the series, 3–1, against Venezuela.

During 2008, Giraldo had a 19–17 record in Challenger tournaments, he made it to the final at Challenger de Furth's final, losing to Daniel Köllerer, and to Challenger de Cali's semifinals. He made it to final draws five times, including the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments at Indian Wells and Miami. For the second consecutive year, he made Roland Garros' main draw, losing in the first round to Florent Serra.

Giraldo opened 2009 by winning the Challenger de Salinas title, defeating Michael Rusell in the final, and, in March, had his sole triumph at the ATP level in the Davis Cup match versus Uruguay. Giraldo then qualified for the Indian Wells-Masters 1000's main draw and lost in the first round to Nicolás Lapentti. One month later, Giraldo won the Challenger de San Luis Potosí's title against the Italian Paolo Lorenzi. For the third consecutive year, Giraldo entered the Roland Garros' main draw, losing to Denis Istomin in five sets in the first round. In the final stretch of the season, Giraldo won 19 out of 26 matches, reaching the Challenger de Cali and Quito semifinals and winning the Sacramento title (defeating Canadian Jesse Levine in the finals) but losing again to Nicolás Lapentti in Guayaquil's final. Giraldo qualified for the Australian Open main draw for the first time by virtue of his previous results. He won US$96,412 during 2009 and finished his best year out of the top-100 (105), with three Challenger titles and a 38–14 record.

At the 2010 Australian Open, Giraldo beat off-seed No. 16 Tommy Robredo (6–4, 6–2, 6–2) in the first round. However, he lost in the second round to Łukasz Kubot (4–6, 6–3, 3–6, 1–6). At the 2010 Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome, a Masters 1000 event, he produced a heavy ground game to crush 12th seed Juan Carlos Ferrero (6–0, 6–3) in the first round, followed by a 6–3, 6–2 win over Michaël Llodra in the second round. However his run was ended at the hands of World No. 10 and 7th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (3–6, 4–6) in the third round.

At the 2011 Heineken Open in Auckland, New Zealand, Giraldo made it to the semi-finals, where he lost to David Ferrer (3–6, 5–7). At the 2011 Australian Open, he reached the second round where he lost to Marin Čilić (3–6, 6–7, 1–6). He reached the final of the 2011 Movistar Open where he lost to Tommy Robredo (2–6, 6–2, 6–7) despite serving for the championship at 5–3. At the 2011 US Open, Giraldo drew World No. 3 Roger Federer in the first round, to whom he lost in straight sets (4–6, 3–6, 2–6).

Santiago Giraldo 2013

At the 2013 French Open Giraldo lost in the first round to Grega Žemlja (4–6, 1–6, 4–6).

In the first round of 2014 Heineken Open, Giraldo beat Spaniard Albert Montañés in straight sets (6–1, 7–6). His tournament ended in the second round, losing in a 3-setter against Guillermo García López (7–6(7), 2–6, 3–6). He beat Marcel Granollers and Guillermo García López at Viña del Mar to reach the semi-finals, where he was defeated by Leonardo Mayer. He upset Tommy Robredo at the 2014 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships and reached the semi-finals, where he lost to Fernando Verdasco.

At the 2014 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, he reached his second ATP final, and the first one in an ATP World Tour 500 series tournament. On the way, he defeated 3rd-seeded Fabio Fognini, 10th-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber and 6th-seeded Nicolás Almagro. He lost the tournament against Kei Nishikori in straight sets (2–6, 2–6).

In May 2014, in the second round of the 2014 Mutua Madrid Open Giraldo beat 11th-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets (6–4, 6–3). Then he achieved his first win against a top-10 player, defeating the World No. 8 and two-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray in straight sets (6–3, 6–2). He advanced to the quarterfinals but lost to Roberto Bautista Agut.

At the 2014 Wimbledon tournament, Giraldo defeated Marcel Granollers in the second round and lost to Roger Federer in the third round. At Washington he was defeated by Vasek Pospisil in the quarter-finals. At the US Open he was beaten by Teymuraz Gabashvili in the first round. He reached the semi-finals at Shenzhen, where he lost to Tommy Robredo.

In 2016, Giraldo lost to 32nd-seed João Sousa in the second round of the 2016 Australian Open. Giraldo lost in the first round of the 2016 French Open. Giraldo lost in the first round of 2016 Wimbledon Championships to Gilles Müller, in a match that went to 5 sets, Muller eventually prevailing, 15–13, in the last set. Giraldo won the Advantage Cars Prague Open, which included an impressive win in the quarter-finals against world number-26 Martin Kližan. Giraldo entered the new 2016 Los Cabos Open tournament. He beat Amir Weintraub in straight sets, then faced 4th seed Sam Querrey, whom he defeated in straight sets. He lost to wild-card Pablo Carreño Busta in the quarterfinals.

Playing style


Giraldo has a powerful forehand stroke—with a big backswing and a forward swing that contacts the ball with extreme speed, flattening it out—that he uses to move his opponents around and end points quickly. His forehand has been likened to that of Fernando González, his coach. Giraldo also uses this technique to hit balls out wide at an acute angle, which is a signature shot of his. His forehand is known to reach speeds of up to 110 miles per hour (180 km/h). While his backhand is generally his weaker shot in terms of pace, he uses an identical technique, which makes his backhand flat and low. He is known for his flair in shot-making with both his forehand and backhand, often hitting balls with extreme pace or angles. His best shot is the running forehand.

Giraldo has a powerful return of serve. Unlike traditional good returners such as Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, and Andre Agassi, who use anticipation and footwork to take serves early and efficiently, Giraldo stands further behind the baseline—especially on second serves—winds up a huge backswing, and takes the ball later, injecting a sudden increase in pace. He is also adept at controlling serves, such that he can hit them at acute angles with speed to finish off the point early. Giraldo's serve is not one of his strengths, but he possesses a decent flat and strong first serve and a top-spin second serve. His first serve can reach up to 120 miles per hour (190 km/h).

Giraldo's weaknesses include inconsistency and lack of agility. Because of his shot-making and hyper-aggressive style of play, he is more than prone to making unforced errors on his groundstroke rallies, more often than on his returns of serve. Because he often goes for hard, flat shots, he hits the ball into the net more often than other players. His playing style relies on dictating points and winning quickly, so he is affected by quick counter-punchers who can move him around and return his shots consistently, such as David Ferrer, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal. Giraldo occasionally exhibits clumsy footwork as well, and sometimes is simply not fast enough to retrieve directed or drop shots.

ATP career finals


Singles: 2 (2 runner-ups)

Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals(0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–1)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0–1)
Titles by surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (0–2)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Feb 2011 Movistar Open, Chile Clay   Tommy Robredo 2–6, 6–2, 6–7(5–7)
Loss 0–2 Apr 2014 Barcelona Open, Spain Clay   Kei Nishikori 2–6, 2–6

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)

Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Jul 2012 Swiss Open, Switzerland Clay   Robert Farah   Marcel Granollers
  Marc López
4–6, 6–7(9–11)

ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finals


Singles: 18 (13–5)

ATP Challenger (10–5)
ITF Futures (3–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (3–1)
Clay (10–4)
Grass (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Oct 2005 Medellín, Colombia Futures Clay   Luciano Vitullo 2–6, 6–4, 7–5
Win 2–0 May 2006 Cali, Colombia Futures Clay   Carlos Salamanca 6–4, 6–2
Win 3–0 Jun 2006 Sorocaba, Brazil Futures Clay   Eduardo Portal 7–6(8–6), 6–2
Win 4–0 Jul 2006 Bogotá, Colombia Challenger Clay   Bruno Echagaray 6–3, 1–6, 6–2
Win 5–0 Mar 2007 Bogotá, Colombia Challenger Clay   Flávio Saretta 7–6(7–4), 6–2
Win 6–0 Oct 2007 Quito, Ecuador Challenger Clay   Giovanni Lapentti 7–6(7–4), 6–4
Loss 6–1 Jun 2008 Fürth, Germany Challenger Clay   Daniel Köllerer 6–1, 6–3
Win 7–1 Jan 2009 Salinas, Ecuador Challenger Hard   Michael Russell 6–3, 6–2
Win 8–1 Apr 2009 San Luis Potosí, Mexico Challenger Clay   Paolo Lorenzi 6–2, 6–7(3–7), 6–2
Win 9–1 Oct 2009 Sacramento, USA Challenger Hard   Jesse Levine 7–6(7–4), 6–1
Loss 9–2 Nov 2009 Guayaquil, Ecuador Challenger Clay   Nicolás Lapentti 6–2, 2–6, 7–6(7–4)
Win 10–2 Apr 2010 Pereira, Colombia Challenger Clay   Paolo Lorenzi 6–3, 6–3
Loss 10–3 Jul 2012 Bogotá, Colombia Challenger Clay   Alejandro Falla 7–5, 6–3
Win 11–3 Mar 2013 Pereira, Colombia Challenger Clay   Paul Capdeville 6–2, 6–4
Loss 11–3 Jul 2013 Todi, Italy Challenger Clay   Pere Riba 7–6 (7–5), 2–6, 7–6 (8–6)
Win 12–4 Jul 2016 Prague, Czech Republic Challenger Clay   Uladzimir Ignatik 6–4, 3–6, 7–6 (7–2)
Win 13–4 Oct 2016 Fairfield, USA Challenger Hard   Quentin Halys 4–6, 6–4, 6–2
Loss 13–5 Oct 2016 Las Vegas, USA Challenger Hard   Sam Groth 6–7 (4–7), 6–4, 7–5

Doubles: 7 (3–4)

ATP Challenger (2–4)
ITF Futures (1–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (3–4)
Grass (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Jun 2006 Brazil F4, Piracicaba Futures Clay   Carlos Salamanca   Lucas Engel
  Marcelo Melo
6–2, 7–6(7–5)
Loss 1–1 Jul 2006 Cuenca, Ecuador Challenger Clay   Carlos Salamanca   Frank Moser
  Alexander Satschko
6–3, 3–6, [6–10]
Loss 1–2 Jul 2008 Poznań, Poland Challenger Clay   Alberto Martín   Johan Brunström
  Jean-Julien Rojer
6–4, 0–6, [6–10]
Win 2–2 Nov 2008 Guayaquil, Ecuador Challenger Clay   Sebastián Decoud   Thiago Alves
  Ricardo Hocevar
6–4, 6–4
Loss 2–3 Jul 2009 Turin, Italy Challenger Clay   Pere Riba   Daniele Bracciali
  Potito Starace
3–6, 4–6
Win 3–3 Jul 2013 Todi, Italy Challenger Clay   Cristian Rodríguez   Andrea Arnaboldi
  Gianluca Naso
4–6, 7–6(7–2), [10–3]
Loss 3–4 Aug 2017 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Challenger Clay   Daniel Elahi Galán   Juan Ignacio Londero
  Luis David Martinez
4–6, 4–6

Performance timelines

(W) winner; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (P#) preliminary round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (S) silver or (B) bronze Olympic/Paralympic medal; (NMS) not a Masters tournament; (NTI) not a Tier I tournament; (P) postponed; (NH) not held; (SR) strike rate (events won / competed); (W–L) win–loss record.


Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A Q1 A A 2R 2R 2R 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R A A A 5–8
French Open A 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 3R 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 2R Q3 A 4–12
Wimbledon A Q2 A Q1 1R 1R 1R 2R 3R 3R 1R Q1 Q1 Q1 NH 4–7
US Open A Q1 Q1 Q2 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R Q3 2R Q2 1R A 1–8
Win–Los 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–4 1–4 3–4 1–4 2–4 3–4 1–3 1–3 1–1 0–1 0–0 14–35
National representation
Summer Olympics Not Held A Not Held 2R Not Held A NH 1–1
Davis Cup Singles Z2 Z1 Z1 Z1 PO Z1 Z1 PO PO PO Z1 PO PO RR QR 27–19
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A 2R 1R A 2R 3R 1R 2R 2R 1R 1R A A NH 5–9
Miami Masters A A 1R Q1 2R 1R 2R 2R 1R 3R 2R Q1 Q1 A NH 5–8
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A A A 1R A A A A Q2 A A A NH 0–1
Madrid Masters A A A A 2R 2R 1R 2R QF 1R 1R Q2 A A NH 6–7
Rome Masters A A A A 3R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R Q1 Q1 A A A 2–6
Canada Masters A Q1 A Q1 1R A A A 1R A A A A A NH 0–2
Cincinnati Masters A A A Q1 1R A 1R A 1R Q2 A A A A A 0–3
Shanghai Masters NMS A Q2 3R A 1R 1R A A A A A NH 2–3
Paris Masters A A A A 2R 1R A 2R 2R A A A A A A 3–4
Win–loss 0–0 0–0 1–2 0–1 5–6 4–7 3–5 3–6 5–8 1–4 1–3 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 23–43
Career statistics
Titles–Finals 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–2
Year-end ranking 175 141 163 107 64 55 57 69 32 70 91 227 253 274 318



This table is current through Australian Open 2016.

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 1–7
French Open 1R 1R 1R A 1R 2R A 1–5
Wimbledon 1R 1R A 1R 1R 1R A 0–5
US Open 1R 1R A A 2R 2R A 2–4
Win–loss 0–4 0–4 0–2 0–2 1–4 3–4 0–1 4–21
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics Not Held 1R Not Held A 0–1

Wins over top 10 players

# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score
1.   Andy Murray 8 Madrid, Spain Clay 3R 6–3, 6–2
2.   Marin Čilić 10 Geneva, Switzerland Clay QF 7–5, 6–3

Personal life


In 2014, Giraldo had a relationship with Romanian tennis player Sorana Cîrstea, which ended in the summer of 2017.[2]


  1. ^ "Giraldo Announces Retirement From Professional Tennis". Association of Tennis Professionals. 6 October 2020. Retrieved 6 October 2020.
  2. ^ Match Tenis (6 November 2014). ""Estoy Feliz Por Lo Que Logró Santiago Giraldo Este Año": Cirstea". Match Tenis. Retrieved 20 February 2018.