Great first step. Daniel Galán, after his time at the Tokyo Olympics, debuted with a win over Tommy Paul in the opening of the ATP 500 in Washington, on a hard court, at the beginning of the tour of the United States and Canada that will lead to the US Open.
Galán, No. 113 in the world ranking, who seeks to be able to get into the ATP Top 100 for the first time in his career, defeated Paul (55 °) by 6-4 and 6-3 in the first game played in this tournament, just in the main stadium.
In this ATP in the American capital, on cement, Galán was more solid and lucid than Paul and thus he took revenge. The best Colombian tennis player had lost the only precedent against that rival, last year in Delray Beach, on the same surface.
Meanwhile, in the previous two years he had lost in both games against Paull, between ATP and Challengers rankings. Therefore, the record between the two was 0-3, but 0-1 taking the duels in the greater circuit. Thus, he retaliated and took the first step in Washington firm.
In the second round, Galán will play another host, Reilly Opelka (36 °), eighth seeded, in what will be the first official meeting between the two. That opponent will be in greater danger since he has one of the strongest serves in the world, supported by his 2.11 meters high.
The best performance of the 25-year-old Galán in 2021 was having reached the semifinals on the clay of the ATP in Santiago, in Chile. And his most immediate contest was the Olympic event, when he lost 6-2 to Alexander Zverev in the second round, the German finally being the champion in Tokyo and the first from his country to achieve a gold medal in singles at the Olympic Games. .