Frances Tiafoe has reco9rded his biggest win of his career following his 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 win to eliminates the second seed, Rafael Nadal in the fourth round at the US Open on Tuesday morning to reach the quarterfinals for the first time in his career.
Tiafoe is the first player to beat Nadal on court in a grand slam this year, and it is the first time since Wimbledon 2017 that Nadal has lost before the quarter-final stage of a grand slam.
The 22nd seed, Tiafoe will be playing Andrey Rublev, who defeated Cam Norrie in straight sets to reach the quarterfinals.
“I don’t know what to say right now. “I’m beyond happy, I’m almost in tears, I can’t believe it. He’s got to be one of the greatest of all time. I played unbelievable tennis today but I don’t know what happened”, Tiafoe said.
Tiafoe, who has made the last 16 for the third successive year, won 12 of 16 first-serve points while hitting 14 winners and nine unforced errors on his way to taking the opening set 6-4.
The American professional tennis player was ranked 24th in singles, on August 8, 2022, and no. 160 in doubles, on November 1, 2021.
His unique background and success as a teenager led him to be widely regarded as a great prospect to become one of the next American tennis stars.
Tiafoe broke into the top 100 of the ATP rankings in 2016. At the 2019 Australian Open, he reached the quarterfinals. At the 2022 US Open, Tiafoe reached the quarterfinals, defeating seeded players including No. 2 Rafael Nadal and No. 14 Diego Schwartzman.