Stefanos Tsitsipas suffers a shock first-round loss to Daniel Galán at the US Open


It was a Greek tragedy that unfolded before everyone’s eyes as Colombia’s Daniel Galán stunned fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first round of the US Open 6-0 6-1 3-6 7 -5.

Tsitsipas lost his chance to claim the title of world no. 1 after an epic showdown at Louis Armstrong Stadium, where world no. 94 Galán took the victory in his ninth point of the match.

Winning just seven points in the first set, Tsitsipas lost the first 11 games to the Colombian before picking up his game and winning the third set.

“I think he started to play better in the third set. He served much better than the first two and I was putting the serve on the court but not putting pressure on him. He was always in control,” Galán said.

“I think he felt really comfortable during those two sets. I tried to change the position a little bit when I was coming back and that was a big change because I was able to come back [deeper] and it wasn’t as offensive on the first ball, so I was able to do a little bit more.”

Although Tsitsipas fought hard in the fourth, he was unable to contain the Colombian, with Galán taking the set and the match.

world no.  94 Galán beat fourth-seeded Tsitsipas in a stunning upset at the US Open.

“He dominated the match,” Tsitsipas said after the event. “I couldn’t get in.”

Galán, meanwhile, said his US Open main draw debut was “definitely the best match of my career, not only because of the circumstances, but also because of the opponent. I’m very happy.”

Galán will face the Australian Jordan Thompson.

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