Stefanos Tsitsipas’s first Grand Slam defeat in 13 months

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

Stefanos Tsitsipas suffered his toughest test in a major since his first Major appearance at the 2007 US Open. Playing in his first Grand Slam for the first time in 13 months, Tsitsipas lost the first two sets to Daniel Galán, but rallied to win the third set tiebreaker. Tsitsipas dropped the first set in five sets, defeated in five, a third-round Grand Slam tournament. But it was an upset for the 23-year-old, which, perhaps, was an encouraging sign of his future as a top-tier competitor.

“It’s tough,” Tsitsipas said today after his defeat. “It was my first Grand Slam but obviously I knew this was a big opportunity for me, this is a big tournament. I wanted to take this win. I worked hard for this win. It’s tough to come off this early in the tournament, and I don’t know what happened. I know that maybe I need to take the right step back and think about this loss a little more, but I feel like overall I have to continue my path and improve. I know how good I can be. I think I can bring a lot to tennis. I want to come back and really try to reach my best tennis and show people who believe in me and believe in my potential that I can do this.”

He can, of course, play with more consistency and experience, as we have seen this year in his first two wins this year. He’s shown glimpses of the talent that earned him four singles titles including two ATP world titles and two Grand Slams: No. 1 in singles at the Australian Open, and No. 3 in men’s doubles with Rohan Bopanna at Wimbledon.

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