Tsitsipas, 24, started the duel with the world number 94 in a big way, only catching the win when trailing 6-0 5-0. In the third set, Tsitsipas seemed to be slow but sure to take the match for himself and in the fourth set he led 4-2. However, the Greek was unable to force the fifth set and committed a foul on Gallan’s ninth game point.
Tsitsipas never made it to the second week in New York. Last year he lost the third round in the US, his best performance in the last major tournament of the year.
Van de Zandschulbet avoids Fritz
At the same time, American 10th seed Taylor Fritz was also eliminated. He was surprised in four sets by fellow countryman Brandon Holt. 6-7 (3) 7-6 (1) 6-3 6-4 became the number 303 in the world.
Fritz (24) could have been the opponent in the third round of Botic van de Zandschulp, who finished 21st in New York. Fritz did not reach further than the third round in his country.
Kyrgios defeats boyfriend Kokkinakis in ‘Nightmare’
Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios reached the second round of the US Open at the expense of his friend and compatriot Tanasi Kokinakis. Kyrgios, who finished 23rd in New York, was too strong for Kokinakis at Arthur Ashe Stadium in three sets: 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (4). “Honestly, this was a nightmare, we don’t want to play against each other,” Kyrgios said. “I can’t wait to double up with him on the same side of the grid.”
Nick Kyrgios thanks his friend Thansi Kokinakis
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Kyrgios (27) and Kokinakis (26) won the Australian Open in doubles earlier this year. The two Australians will also play together again in New York. However, the singles draw resulted in a first-round clash between the two friends. They stepped onto the track after Serena Williams postponed her potential retirement on a crowded court with a victory over Danka Kovinic.
“I will never forget this evening,” Kyrgios said. “It was crazy to be playing with one of my best friends in front of a record number of spectators after Serena’s possible last match. We know each other’s game through and through. So this was one of the most uncomfortable matches of my career. I tried not to look at him. I felt that That helped me a little bit.”
Kyrgios reached the Wimbledon final last month, losing to Novak Djokovic. In the run-up to the US Open, the currently ranked 25th in the world won the ATP Championship in Washington and thanks to Kokkinakis he took the doubles title in Atlanta.
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