SSixteen years ago, an American tennis player had reached the semi-finals of the tennis tournament US Open and the last to do so was Andy Roddick; but there is no evil that lasts 100 years Frances Tiafoe broke the streak to reach the round of the top four Flushing Meadowswhere he maintains an unbeatable tempo in his best historical performance in A Grand Slam.
The Milestones of Frances Tiafoe
As if that weren’t enough, Tiafoe’s milestone holds even greater significance when he achieved it in front of a crowd Arthur Ashe Stadiumsince 1972, 50 years ago, it was Arthur Ashe who was the last black American tennis player to reach a US Open semifinal.
The 24-year-old tennis player, born in Hyattsville, Maryland, did what Roddick did last, who reached the semifinals at the 2006 US Open, against whom he later lost the final Roger Federer. That was the last time a local tennis player reached the US Open semifinals, because though John Isner and Sam Querrey had made it at Wimbledon, no one was there in New York until Tiafoe arrived.
Frances Tiafoe has played five matches at the US Open and lost just one set Rafael Nadalwhom he surprisingly defeated in the round of 16 on Monday and thus met the Russian Andrei Rublev in search of a spot in the semifinals and defeated him 7-6(3), 7-6(0), 6-4 to take another major step in the American tournament.
US men’s tennis is back
The American fans, excited for a tennis idol, supported Tiafoe from the beginning and that drove the player, Number 22 in the sowing, who finished at 2:36 as the ninth favorite who maxed his rival in the first two sets but lost in crucial moments in the tie-break. When the second set suddenly died, he couldn’t get his hands on it and was overwhelmed.
No less complicated in the third set, but he didn’t need to reach the tie-break. Tiafoe had 4 break chances in the match and he was only able to make one, that one in the third set, which allowed him to take the advantage and win the match. Rublev also had 4 but missed all of them. In search of his pass to the final, the American is waiting for his opponent, who will win the match between them Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner.
Tiafoe has already broken a 16-year streak without an American tennis player reaching the semifinals of the US Open and now he will look to break the 19-year title-less streak for a local player Flushing Meadowsafter Andy Roddick was himself crowned in 2003. Tiafoe has two games left and with the crowd’s support and motivation, this could be his chance.