HOUSTON — Two-time defending champion Steve Johnson‘s nine-match winning streak at the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship ended with a 6-3, 6-3 loss to 241st-ranked qualifier Daniel Elahi Galan of Colombia on Thursday.
Johnson was beaten in the second round, but it was his opening match this year at the tournament because he received a bye as the No. 1 seed. He fell to 4-8 this season.
Galan never had won an ATP Tour tournament match until Tuesday in the first round at Houston.
The 34-year-old Tipsarevic returned to the tour this year after missing 16 months while having operations on his hamstrings. He is ranked 372nd and entered the Houston tournament via a wild card. He is the lowest-ranked quarterfinalist at the tournament since at least 1979, according to the ATP.
Tipsarevic hadn’t won a tour-level match since 2017 until doing so at the Miami Open last month. His most recent quarterfinal appearance came at Shenzhen, China, in October 2016.