Daniel Galan vs. Jordan Thompson, time and where to watch: US Open analysis
After the feat of beating Stéfanos Tsitsipás, the fifth best tennis player in the ATP rankings, and achieving Colombian tennis’ biggest victory in the last 47 yearsas Fabián Valeth, from the federation of the discipline, pointed out, Daniel Gallon He has before him the opportunity to make his first performance at the US Open even more memorable.
The best tennis player in the country (n°94 in the ranking) must show that, just as he took advantage of the instability of the powerful Tsitsipas with his variants of play, he can also do so this Wednesday against the Australian Jordan Thompson (no .102), a nut much less hard to crack than the Greek, but which can pose several challenges.
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Galan’s New Rival
At 28 years old, measuring 1 meter and 83 centimeters and weighing 82 kilograms, he is the new challenge that Galán has before him.
Buoyed by his vigor, Thompson made a race based on power.
His game is a commitment to firmness from the bottom of the court. Unsurprisingly, the two-handed backhand is his main virtue.
With this formula, the Australian entered the “top 100” of the world rankings in 2016 after winning the first four Challenger tournaments, out of the eight that appear on his list.
The following year, in the middle of this dawn, he succeeded the most important victory of his careerwhen he beat Britain’s Andy Murray, who was the top ranked tennis player at the time, in the second round of the London ATP 500, which Thompson entered from the “qualy”.
In 2019, the Australian had the great year of his sporting life, as he achieved his best ranking as world No. 43 and reached his first and so far only final of an ATP tournament, the one of the 250 at s-Hertogenbosch, who lost to Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in straight sets.
Then, in 2020, he certified his best participation in a grand slam by reaching the fourth round, precisely, of the US Open.
And while his result on the open court might imply that is his preferred surface, Thompson was much more efficient on the grass. In fact, this year, which has been quite irregular, has achieved 11 wins and 11 losses on hard court. Very different from the 12 wins and five losses he has racked up on the grass circuit.
In the current tournament, Jordan Thompson comes back from two sets in his open debut against Italian Lorenzo Sonego (No. 63) after 3 hours and 18 minutes of play.
The good news for Galán is that you know how to play itWell, he faced him in this dream of Thompson 2019. And, going beyond simple logic, the Colombian won in the quarterfinals of the ATP 250 in Houston.
Now, if he beats him in the last big match of the season, Galán may face the Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich, current number 39. Another challenge for the intrepid tennis player who wants to continue writing history.
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The rock of Osorio
After her comeback against the American Ann Li, Camila Osorio, current n°70 in the ranking, faces today at the US Open another local, the current n°29 in the ranking, Alison Riske.
Riske, 32, is a right-handed woman, 1.75m tall, whose strengths are athleticism and the aggressiveness of someone who knows how to enjoy being in front of the net.
Although she has been described as an ‘all-rounder’ player, her greatest successes have come on the hard court, as in eight years she has reached 9 finals on this surface, winning two of them. Former number 18 in the rankings in 2019 and Fed Cup champion with the United States in 2017, she has just beaten the young Eleana Yu 6-2 and 6-4.
ANDRES FELIPE BALAGUERA SARMIENTO
SPORTS WRITER EL TIEMPO
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