Frances Tiafoe nella foto

Us Open: Great Surprise. Tiafoe signs the feat and eliminates Nadal in the round of 16

Frances Tiafoe pictured

Frances Tiafoe sometimes she wears a bracelet that says “Why not me? Here’s a good question the American must have asked himself before joining a thrilled Arthur Ashe for his meeting with Rafael Nadal. Why not him? He did it. The number 26 of the ATP ranking achieved a sensational victory, annihilating the Spaniard and moved to the quarter-finals of the US Open.

No one has ever doubted Tiafoe’s potential, but the American has shown impressive perseverance and titanium mental strength to defeat world number three by 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in little more. 3 and a half hours. With the crowd in raptures, Tiafoe struck a string of win after win and kept Nadal at bay, who failed to activate Grand Slam mode to emerge undefeated from the round of 16.

With 48 winners (against 28 unforced errors) against Nadal’s 33-26, Tiafoe took advantage of nine double fouls by the Spaniard to condemn Rafa to his first defeat of the year in the Grand Slam tournaments. Why not him? He did it.

Tiafoe’s reaction at the end of the match said it all, in a mixture of tears and disbelief as he won the last point, ending the game with a break. It is only the second time in his career that he has reached the quarter-finals in a Grand Slam tournament and now he will be looking to burn at least one more round than the 2019 Australian Open. Andrey Rublev is next!

F. Tiafoe USA vs R. Nadal ESP

Slam Us Open

F. Tiafoe [22]

6

4

6

6

R. Nadal [2]

4

6

4

3

Winner: F. Tiafoe

F. Tiafoe – R. Nadal

18 ACES 9
4 DOUBLE FAULTS 9
58/116 (50%) FIRST SERVES% IN 60/114 (53%)
44/58 (76%) WIN% ON 1ST SERVE 43/60 (72%)
35/58 (60%) WIN% ON 2ND SERVES 30/54 (56%)
17/24 (71%) NET POINTS WON 10/14 (71%)
5/8 (63%) BREAK POINTS WON 2/6 (33%)
41/114 (36%) RECEIVING POINTS WON 37/116 (32%)
49 WINNERS 33
28 UNFORCED ERRORS 26
120TOTAL POINTS WON 110
10519.6 ft DISTANCE COVERED 10647.8 ft
45.7 ft DISTANCE COVERED / PT. 46.3 ft


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