Stefanos Tsitsipas suffers shock first-round loss to Daniel Galán at US Open
Tsitsipas, who hadn’t lost as a professional in 40 matches, retired after beating Rafael Nadal 7-5, 6-2, 7-6(6) at the US Open on Monday.
The world No. 2 lost the first set 6-2, and it all seemed as if he were going to be there for the final.
The 23-year-old had six break points in the first set. He also had four in the second set, but it was no use.
Tsitsipas’ serve wasn’t that great and he was getting broken and having problems in the defensive part. He will have to be more patient and use his speed on the other side and his athleticism.
In the past few years he has been a big part of the Greek and Italian Davis Cup squads, as well as his country’s Fed Cup team.
However, the Greek is not known for his offense.
The defeat ends Tsitsipas’ first major tournament, and it ends his US Open hopes of becoming the second player (Federer was first) to win five major titles in the same calendar year after Pete Sampras.
Galán, who beat Gael Monfils 7-6(6), 7-6(1) in the second round, made a lot of news for his upset win.
He dominated and made a solid run against a top-five player, beating world No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3.
But he was able to take it to the second round because of his youth. Many are disappointed with how well he played. This guy is really talented. He is the future of tennis.
The 29-year-old American, who won his second Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open in February last year, was stunned in the fourth round by Canadian Denis Kudla 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.
He also lost in two straight sets to compatriot Marin Cilic. Kudla was making his fourth appearance at