Thomas had his chances actually! Wasn't enough but, at times, he was playing toe-to-toe with Santiago from the baseline and pushing him hard. Serve still a huge liability, has to work a lot on it, but some nice tennis from his side... no shame in losing against the way better player!
Giraldo should've played Stuttgart or Bastad though , too bad.
I know, and his scheduling didn´t make sense last year either. If I recall correctly, he first played DC in USA, then Bogota Ch, then back to Europe for Kitzbuhel, and back to USA for the hard court season. Ridicilous. I don´t know what his schedule is this year, but I just don´t understand what´s so special about this tournament for him.