Stefanos Tsitsipas suffers shock first-round loss to Daniel Galán at US Open
NEW YORK, NY – June 9: Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece defeats Daniel Galán of Spain as Stefanos Tsitsipas hits a first-round three-set upset to claim the men’s singles title at the 2019 US Open on June 9, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)(Photo: Chris Trotman)
Stefanos Tsitsipas suffered the loss to the Spaniard, who went on to win the tournament in three sets. Tsitsipas also had an early exit in the 2016 French Open, losing to Dominic Thiem in the opening round.
He returns to the U.S. Open for the first time since losing there in the second round in 2015 to Gael Monfils, the first and only time in his career in which he’s reached the quarterfinals or later at a Grand Slam tournament. He will need to start this one off strong.
Galán is a solid all-around player. He’s a three-time French Open finalist, a two-time winner at Wimbledon, and a 2017 finalist at the U.S. Open. He’s also the reigning U.S. Open finalist, winning the tournament here in 2017.
“I think he was playing very well,” Tsitsipas said. “You know, I didn’t have my best form, you know. He played very well, very well. I played my best and the outcome was still the same.”
The U.S. Open is the last major tournament to feature three all-rounders in the field, and will likely feature three of them next week. Tsitsipas is a top-10 Grand Slam singles player and he only played seven matches in his career at the U.S. Open, going 1-5.