Stefanos Tsitsipas suffered a shock first-round US Open exit at the hands of Colombian qualifier Daniel Elahi Galan on Monday….
Stefanos Tsitsipas suffered a shock first-round US Open exit at the hands of Colombian qualifier Daniel Elahi Galan on Monday.
The third seed was the highest-profile casualty on the opening day at Flushing Meadows, where he suffered a 6-0 6-1 3-6 7-5 defeat.
Although he had never progressed beyond round three, Tsitsipas arrived in the Big Apple with momentum following his run to the Cincinnati final earlier this month.
The Monte Carlo and Mallorca champion had the opportunity to become the first Greek player to top the ATP rankings by claiming his maiden Grand Slam this fortnight.
But Galan had clearly not read the script; the main-draw debutant dropping just seven points as he raced through the opening set, before doubling his lead in equally commanding fashion.
Tsitsipas, whose forearm was regularly tended to by his trainer, responded in the third, and he threatened a decider with an early break putting him in control of the third.
But Galan held his nerve despite seeing eight match points go begging; winning five of the last six games before succeeding at the ninth attempt after his opponent’s 57th unforced error of the contest.
Meanwhile, Serena Williams launched her final Grand Slam campaign with a 6-3 6-3 win over Danka Kovinic in front of a record 29,402 supporters; the largest attendance for an evening session at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Tsitsipas was not the only big name to fall in round one; 10th seed Taylor Fritz following suit after a four-set defeat against Slam debutant Brandon Holt – son of two-time champion Tracy Austin.
Two-time Slam winner Simona Halep was ousted by another player making their major bow; Ukrainian qualifier Daria Snigur stunning the seventh seed 6-2 0-6 6-4.
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