Stefanos Tsitsipas suffers shock first-round loss to Daniel Galán at US Open
Stefanos Tsitsipas fell to the first-round in qualifying at the US Open on Thursday in a stunning blow. The second-seeded Tsitsipas was upset by the 23rd seed Daniel Galán in the opening round of the US Open as they both finished with an 8-5 record in their respective matchups.
Galán took the early lead after Tsitsipas was hit with three double faults in the opening game. He recovered all three and then Tsitsipas was unable to convert two break points as he was called for a double-fault on the next point. While Tsitsipas was able to find a backhand stroke to draw level, Galán was able to push for a break and took an 8-6 lead into the second game.
But Tsitsipas was unable to get on the board as that lead was lost as Galán fought back to within one point with two straight points. But he couldn’t complete the rally as he was called for a double-fault on his next point. Galán now went on to take the set and win 6-2.
Tsitsipas started off the second set with two breaks of serve as Galán only managed to convert a couple but was unable to break him again to take the set. But despite the two breaks, Galán had to save three match points to win the match.
Tsitsipas is now 0-4 in his career against Daniel Galán.
The biggest news going into round one was the news that Rafael Nadal’s son, Juan was diagnosed with bone cancer. Juan is the second oldest of the four Nadal children and is the last of the four to be diagnosed. Juan has been in remission for quite some time now but recently had bone metastasis in his bones.