Stefanos Tsitsipas suffers shock first-round loss to Daniel Galán at US Open
After a stunning first-round win over Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros, Stefanos Tsitsipas looked set for a good, easy quarter-final against compatriot Nadal at Flushing Meadows.
Tsitsipas is in the world’s top 20 for points at 6-under 276 for a one-shot lead over Spaniard Julien Benneteau.
Tsitsipas’ opponent, Daniel Galán, is two back, despite winning two matches in five days against Nadal last week. The 27-year-old is in 12th place after two rounds with a score of one-under-par 140.
Nadal came under heavy criticism this week from the French media for his playing style. His play was dubbed “brilliant” and “glorious,” but there were still questions as to whether he was being consistent enough.
That changed, however, in the afternoon when Tsitsipas made a stirring return to form.
The victory, which came despite being tested by Galán in each of the first six games, gave Tsitsipas a lead of one-and-a-half-points, and allowed him to stay on top of the leaderboard for the first time since Sunday.
Nadal is in the semi-finals, with Lucas Pouille leading by a point, after a three-set victory over Dominic Thiem, who lost to Dominic Thiem in a thrilling five-setter.
With both Tsitsipas and Thiem set to face world No.1 Novak Djokovic, the battle for fourth spot will be decided on Sunday.
Tatsini wins in three sets against Gael Monfils
Rafael Nadal is on a roll.
After a dominant second-round victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who held him to a score of two sets and two games, it seemed only logical that the world No. 6 would continue on his winning run at the US Open.
Nadal, however, was anything but satisfied with his day and he fell to a set and a break down in the second set in a thrilling five-set match in which Tsonga’s victory over world No. 5 Grigor Dimitrov brought new life to the French Open.
Nadal was the first to fall, following Ts