Frances Tiafoe defeats Andrey Rublev for US Open SF seat | ATP Tour

Frances Tiafoe delivered a stunning all-around display to defeat the ninth seed Andrei Rublev on Wednesday at US Openwhere a combination of brutal groundstrokes, impeccable serve and delicate net play earned the American a 7-6(3), 7-6(0), 6-4 quarterfinal victory.

I’m trying to back up his exciting four-set win against him Rafael Nadal In the fourth round, Tiafoe expertly channeled support from an ecstatic home crowd under a closed goal Arthur Ashe Stadium roof in rainy New York. The American’s confidence was most evident as he reeled off seven straight unanswered points in a flawless second-set tiebreak, but Tiafoe’s level rarely fell as he wrapped up a two-hour and 35-minute triumph to clash against his maiden in a Grand Slam in style -Semifinals in New York.

“This is wild. This is crazy,” Tiafoe said in his interview in court. “I had the biggest win of my life 24 hours ago and came out and grabbed another big win…Andrey is a hell of a player and to back that up, that’s huge. It’s hard to turn the page but I did it and now I’m in the semifinals.

“I feel so at home in places like this. This dish is amazing. [The crowd] so far behind me, i want to play, i want to do my best. I always somehow find a way on this court, I always play great tennis and that was me. Let’s enjoy this, we have two left.”

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Tiafoe took control of his third tour-level meeting with Rublev, upping his game in two tiebreaks to open two sets in which he failed to carve out a single break point opportunity. The American’s strategy of going forward to pressure the ninth seed at the baseline was particularly effective, and he ended the match with a 76 percent (31/41) points win at the net.

Tiafoe is the first American since 2006 to reach the semifinals at Flushing Meadows Andy Roddick reached the championship game. Roddick, former world No. 1 on the Pepperstone ATP rankings, stood in the stands and cheered on his compatriot as Tiafoe advanced to take on the winner of the #NextGenATP heavyweight bout on Wednesday night Carlo Alcaraz and Jannik sinner.

“I sit back and watch them fight and I keep my feet up so hopefully let them fight all night,” Tiafoe joked when asked to watch Alcaraz and Sinner’s quarter-final clash. “But [they are] two great players and it’s going to be tough next Friday but I’m here with everything they’ve got.”


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