Frances Tiafoe defeats No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal, storms into US Open quarter-finals

New york city [US]: Frances Tiafoe of America stunned four-time champ Rafael Nadal on Monday at the United States Open up to reach his second Grand Slam quarter-finals.
Playing in Arthur Ashe Stadium, the 24-year-old played fearlessly throughout the three-hour, 31-minute thriller to secure the match versus Nadal 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Tiafoe banged the sphere off both wings and also rallied from a break down in the 4th set to become the first American guy to get to the last eight in New York since John Isner in 2018. The American struck 49 champions to turn the tables in style.
The 22nd seed will next play Andrey Rublev after the ninth seed downed Briton Cameron Norrie 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 at Louis Armstrong Arena.
After asserting the initial collection and also shedding the second, Tiafoe made a stunning comeback to clinch the 3rd. In a limited fourth collection, the Spaniard hammered first to move 3-1 ahead. Tiafoe stayed with his tactical plan, though, as well as worked his back into the set. He swung easily as well as held his nerve, cruising off 5 straight games to secure a historical win.
“I’m past pleased, almost in tears, I can not think it. I played incredible tennis today. I really do not recognize what took place,” Tiafoe said in his on-court meeting.
“At 4-3 [in the fourth set], when I went up 40/0, my legs were like concrete. I simply required to get out of the game and afterwards pray to god that I don’t have to offer for it. I was fortunate adequate to leave that video game. I came out not giving Rafa all the regard. I came out to win a tennis match if front of you guys,” Tiafoe said.
“When I initially came on the scene I seemed like a great deal of individuals had a lot of expectations on me on exactly how I would certainly do. I had not been all set for it emotionally. I had not been fully grown sufficient for it. These past couple of years, when the tension hasn’t been on me I have actually been able to establish. I have an excellent team behind me. I am simply putting my head down and I am happy with where I am in life as a whole. I have the ability to do me and do it my way as well as appreciate the game I like,” the American stated.

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