Stefanos Tsitsipas suffers shock first-round loss to Daniel Galán at US Open
Daniel Galán reacts after losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas at the US Open on Friday.
Stefanos Tsitsipas has been playing in some of the biggest tournaments in the world, but he hasn’t always felt comfortable at the biggest events.
The Greek was playing in the Rogers Cup and he won through to the final and then lost to Juan Martin Del Potro. Tsitsipas’ confidence was shaken.
“He had a little bit of ups and downs at the Rogers Cup. He felt very well in his mind, I don’t know exactly what was different,” Tsitsipas said of the tournament.
“Just that in every match he wasn’t feeling very well and he didn’t play well and he lost the match. This time he felt very well, he played well, he’s in a good rhythm.”
Tsitsipas is not the only player who is fighting mental fatigue.
Tennis fans can’t help but wonder about that mental grind that goes into major tournaments. And after a big week for the world’s top ranked tennis players — Roger Federer dropped his Grand Slam final on Friday, Novak Djokovic defeated Spain’s David Ferrer in a stunning two hours, 29 minutes, and Rafael Nadal had a one-set win over Juan Monaco on Saturday — Tsitsipas would seem to be in that group of players.
He’d certainly be the first to admit it.
But Tsitsipas, who would be 36 in a few weeks on Monday, has reached the last four at the US Open, including this year, but hasn’t had to endure the stress of an ATP World Tour Grand Slam event.