first Colombian to beat a Top 5 player in 47 years

first Colombian to beat a Top 5 player in 47 years

Debuting in the main draw of a Grand Slam like the US Open is never an easy taskexcept when your rival is Stefanos Tsitsipas (5º of the ATP ranking). But this time, Daniel Galán (94th) made a complicated match a memorable evening. With a final result of 6-0, 6-1, 3-6 and 7-5, the Colombian prevailed against the Greek and reached the second round of the competition for the first time.

Nearly three hours it took the native to Bucaramanga win the finalist Roland Garros 2021 that, until the start of the third set, he could not display his true game. The discomfort in the right arm was a big cause for Galán to blow up everyone present in the Louis Armstrong Stadium.

56 minutes and the match seemed resolved: Two sets against a Tsitsipas who only after the 11th game was able to get his first match. After that, the party gap opened more to see the greek lightning as it is generally known in the field.

Exhausted both physically and mentally, the current world 94 had to wait for his ninth Match Point to be able to claim victory for the first time near the US Open. A mixture of happiness and confusion not to understand what was happening.

In this way, becomes the first Colombian to beat a Top 5 player in almost 47 years. The last? Iván Molina against the Spaniard Manuel Orantes (then 3rd) in Tehran in 1975.

With the vast majority of the public by his side, Daniel Galán has passed the turn and awaits in the second instance the Australian Jordan Thompson (102nd), with whom he has a positive record of 1-0. His only crossing was in the 2019 Houston ATP 250 with victory by 6-1, 4-6 and 6-4. At that point, the Colombian would reach the semi-finals, where he would fall to Casper Ruud.

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