By Eric Gudris | @ATNTennis | Monday 29 August 2022
Top seeds Stefanos Tsitsipas and Taylor Fritz suffered surprise surprises in their first-round matches at the US Open.
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August madness is here.
On a busy night of the US Open’s opening round, two of the top names and top contenders for the men’s singles title packed their bags after Monday night.
Both No. 4 seeds Stefanos Tsitsipas and No. 10 seeds TaylorFritz were knocked out of the draw by two inspired qualifiers.
Colombian qualifier Daniel Elahi Galan proved he was up for the challenge faced by number 4 Tsitsipas in the opening round at Louis Armstrong Stadium.
The moment of Daniel Elahi Galan’s career. pic.twitter.com/SMG0Hh9K3o
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 30, 2022
Galan went out to an unexpected 6-0, 5-0 lead against a sluggish Tsitsipas early in the game. After Galan secured a 6-0, 6-1 lead, Tsitsipas sought help from a trainer for his forearm.
World No. 94 Galan faced a surge from Tsitsipas in the middle of the first round encounter. Tsitsipas took the third set and looked recovered enough to possibly win the match.
Yet Galan kept his nerve and his game while Tsitsipas was still struggling to find his form. That was even after Tsitsipas earned a break lead to make it 4-2 in the fourth set. Tsitsipas failed to rein in his mistakes as he tried to force a crucial final set.
Galan soon won his 57th unforced error of the evening after Tsitsipas, Cincinnati’s youngest finalist, committed a forehand error on match point.
“Definitely one of the best moments of my career,” Galan said afterwards. “Definitely the best match of my career, not only because of the circumstances, but also because of the opponent. I am really happy.”
Tsitsipas gave credit to his opponent afterwards but felt he could have played much better. “He played like a world-class player and I played like… almost like an amateur. It’s not very nice to say, but that’s exactly what happened.”
Holt surprises Fritz in the opening round
Perhaps the most surprising result of the opening day was qualifying Brandon Holt.
Holt, the son of the two-time US Open champion Tracy Austinfought his way through qualifiers to hit the seed at No. 10 TaylorFritz.
Excitement Alert 🚨
— ATP Tour (@atptour) August 30, 2022
While Fritz, who won Indian Wells earlier in the season, was picked by many to potentially make a deep run at this year’s US Open, Holt had other ideas.
Holt made life difficult for Fritz on all sides of the pitch, including at the net. Holt won 18 of 23 points at the net. Holt also proved to be the better during their baseline rallies.
Holt soon found himself in the second round after winning 6-7(3), 7-6(1), 6-3, 6-4.