After the feat of having defeated Stéfanos Tsitsipas, the fifth best tennis player in the ATP ranking, and achieving the greatest victory for Colombian tennis In the last 47 years, as Fabián Valeth, from the discipline's federation, pointed out, Daniel Galán has the opportunity to make his first appearance at the US Open a fact even more memorable.
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The best tennis player in the country (no. 94 in the ranking) must show that, just as he took advantage of the instability of the powerful Tsitsipas with his game variants, he can also do so this Wednesday against the Australian Jordan Thompson (no. 102), a much less hard nut to crack than the Greek, but one that can pose several challenges. ).
Galán's new rival
At 28 years old, 1 meter and 83 centimeters tall and 82 kilograms in weight, he is the new challenge that Galán has in front of him.
Boosted by his vigor, Thompson has made a career based on power .
His game is a bet on firmness from the bottom of court. Not surprisingly, the two-handed backhand is his main virtue.
With this formula, the Australian entered the 'top 100' of the world ranking in 2016 after winning the first four Challenger tournaments, of which eight that appear in his record.
The following year, in the midst of that dawn, he achieved the most important victory of his career, when he defeated the British Andy Murray, who at that time was the best tennis player in the ranking, in the second round of the London ATP 500, which Thompson had entered from the 'qualy'.
In 2019, the Australian had the great year of his sports life, as he achieved his best ranking by being No. 43 in the world and reached his first and so far only final of an ATP tournament, that of the 250 in s-Hertogenbosch , who lost to Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in two battle sets.
Then, in 2020, he certified his best participation in a grand slam by reaching the fourth round of, precisely, the US Open.
And while his performance on the hard court open might imply that it's his preferred surface, Thompson has been much more effective on grass . In fact, this year, in which he has been quite irregular, he has achieved 11 wins and 11 losses on hard courts. Very different from the 12 wins and five losses he accumulated on the grass-court tour.
In the current tournament, Jordan Thompson has just come back from two sets in his open debut against the Italian Lorenzo Sonego (no. 63) after 3 hours and 18 minutes of play.
The good news for Galán is that he already knows how to play him, since he faced him in that 2019 of Thompson's dream. And, overcoming simple logic, he won the Colombian in the quarterfinals of the ATP 250 in Houston.
Now, if he beats him in the last big game of the season, Galán will possibly face the Spanish Alejandro Davidovich, current number 39, in the next phase. Another challenge for the intrepid tennis player who wants to continue making history.
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Osario's stumbling block
After her comeback against the American Ann Li, Camila Osorio, current No. 70 in the ranking, faces today at the US Open to another local, the current number 29 in the ranking, Alison Riske.
Riske, 32, is a right-handed woman, 1.75 meters tall, whose strengths are athletic play and the aggressiveness of someone who knows how to take advantage of being in front of the net.
Although it has been described as an 'all-terrain' player, her greatest successes have come on the hard court, as in eight years she has reached 9 finals on that surface, of which she has won two. Former number 18 in the ranking in 2019 and champion of the Fed Cup with the United States in 2017, she has just defeated the young Eleana Yu 6-2 and 6-4.
ANDRÉS FELIPE BALAGUERA SARMIENTO
SPORTS EDITOR EL TIEMPO
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