Frances Tiafoe beats Nadal at the US Open Nadal was chasing a record 23rd Grand Slam title this year and lost to Frances Tiafoe
Frances Tiafo of the United States wins over Rafael Nadal during the fourth round of the ongoing US Open Tennis Championships in New York, Monday, September 5, 2022
Frances Tiafoe played the first match of his life in the fourth round of the US Open on Monday as Frances defeated Nadal 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
The tournament was held at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, which was packed with fans, Tiafoe covered his face with his hands after defeating Nadal.
“I don’t even know what to say right now, I’m happy, I’m almost in tears,” he said in an interview on the court.
“I can’t believe it. Nadal is definitely one of the greatest of all time. I played incredible tennis today but I really don’t know what happened.”
Tiafoe played really great tennis, everyone saw his great game and he also benefited from an unusually poor serve and return performance from Nadal. The Spaniard produced nine double faults and hit only 33 of Tiafoe’s 48 winner
With France’s win, Tiafoe broke Nadal’s streak of 17 consecutive major wins, the Spaniard’s victories at the Australian and French Opens this year before withdrawing from an abdominal injury before the semi-finals at Wimbledon.
After losing the match, Nadal made no excuse for his performance.
“I can find excuses and for me it’s simple: when you don’t play at the level you should be playing… you can’t win,” he told reporters.
“I had a better player in front of me”.
Tiafoe was born here in Sierra Leone, Maryland, and chose tennis as a career, and Frances’ father worked as a mentor at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in Washington DC.
Let us tell you that Frances is a big fan of Serena Williams, after the match he wore a hoodie in which all 23 Grand Slam victories of Serena Williams were listed on the back.
“When I first came to play, people didn’t expect so much from me and I was wondering how I would do it,” said Frances.
“I wasn’t mentally prepared for it, nor was I mature enough for these moments.
“Frances said over the years I have been able to grow and have a great team behind me. I am very happy with where I am in life.”
Frances looked quite confident in this match, despite never winning a set against Nadal in the first two prior meetings, Tiafoe was playing fearlessly from the start, Frances breaking through to a 4–3 lead in the first set. And captured with an easy volley.
In the second set, Nadal took about 10 minutes to change his kit and taped his hands off the court before the set, which he won when Tiafoe double-faulted by the narrowest margin to level the contest.
Tiafoe then set a breakpoint in the third set and rewarded them with a backhand winner for a 4-3 advantage,
Nadal went 3–1 in the fourth set of the match after Tifo broke play, where he complained to the chair umpire about the noise of the roof closing to rain at Mammoth Ashe Stadium.
Frances came back from Nadal on a shaky service game and broke him again in the final game when the Spaniard threw a backhand into the net to seal an unexpected victory.
LeBron James congratulated Frances on Twitter, writing “Congratulations Young King!!! You earned it!” NBA star LeBron James wrote on Twitter.
Now Tiafo’s next match will be with Russian Andrey Rublev in the quarterfinals.