A big prize was at stake for the winner of the match between Australia’s world no. 67 Jordan Thompson and world no. 241 Daniel Elahi Galan from Colombia.
Whoever won will play their first ATP tour level semifinal against world no. 95 Casper Ruud.
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Photo: Colombia’s Daniel Elahi Galan. (Photo by George Walker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
On the clay courts in Houston, Thompson opened the serving and held serve. His Colombian opponent also held before getting what would be the first of three breaks of serve in the opening set.
Galan raced to 6-1 to close out the first set in 34 minutes. Thompson served at 65% but won just 40% of first serve points, while Galan had a lower first serve percentage at 52, but he won 75% of the first serve points.
Thompson needed to make a stand early in the first set or the match would be over.
The Australian did just that and was able to break Galan in the third game after jumping out to 0-40 with a nice down the line winner. A shot over the baseline from the Colombian conceded the break. Thompson would go on to win the set and take the match to a deciding set.
With the score at 3-3, 15-15 in the third set the rain came and sent the players to the changeroom. The match was resumed the next day.
Galan quickly closed out the service game with an Ace for 4-3. Thompson held to love to level the score at 4-4.
It was again a windy day and the players struggled to find timing on their shots. Galan was attacking at the net in his next service game and twice volleyed for a winner. Back-to-back errors from the Colombian saw the score at deuce.
In the longest rally of the game, it was Thompson that cracked first, hitting long to see Galan at Ad. A big forehand winner saw him close out the game and go to the change of ends at 5-4.
Thompson opened the 10th game by winning the first point after Galan hit long. An Ace followed for 30-0. Galan stepped it on with some big forehands and saw Thompson hit a shot into the net.
The Australian got the first serve in that Galan shanked and he was at 40-15. Galan was hitting forehands from inside the baseline and forced an error from Thompson who hit long. Another good deep forehand and another forced error and it was deuce. A missed shot into the net from Galan saw Thompson at Ad.
Thompson dropped a shot short and Galan stepped in and hit a forehand winner to be two points from a semifinal spot. He moved to Ad after Thompson hit a shot just over the baseline which was confirmed by the umpire.
With the match on the line, it was Galan that went on the attack and forced Thompson wide and deep. As Thompson raced to retrieve the ball he was only able to slap at the ball and sent it long to hand victory to the Colombian.
Galan advances to his first ATP tour semifinal.