Frances Tiafoe of America defeated Rafael Nadal in the round of 16 on Tuesday at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, making a significant statement in the process. Tiafoe defeated the No. 2 seed and 22-time Grand Slam victor 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 to advance to his first US Open quarterfinal. With the defeat, Nadal saw his 22-match streak of success in Grand Slam competitions come to an end. The 22nd seed American not only defeated Nadal, but he also made history.
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Match highlights between Nadal and Tiafoe
Against the winner of the 2019 US Open, Frances Tiafoe took the opening set. Just like in the preceding stages, Nadal overcame a set deficit to tie the game because to mistakes made by his younger rival. The Spaniard recovered, taking the second set 6-4 with a victory. Despite dropping the second set, Tiafoe maintained his composure and won the third set to maintain his lead over the competition. Nadal jumped off to a quick 3-1 lead in the fourth set, but Tiafoe battled back to tie the match.
Frances Tiafoe, who is she?
The 24-year-old, who is rated No. 26 in the world, was born and raised in Maryland. Currently ranked 12th in the world, Taylor Fritz, the finest American player, is in front of him. Before winning the USTA National Championships the next year, he advanced to the boy’s singles semifinals of the 2014 US Open. The Delray Beach Open, where he won his maiden ATP Title, and his ability to climb into the Top-50 of the global rankings made 2018 Tiafoe’s greatest year on the ATP tour. He achieved his career-best ranking of No. 26 the following year.
Frances Tiafoe defeats Rafael Nadal at the US Open, creating history
Frances Tiafoe defeated Rafael Nadal at a Grand Slam, becoming just the third player from his nation to do it and the first American to do so since 2005. Rafael Ndal was last defeated at the US Open by James Blake in the third round of the 2005 competition. The first American to defeat Nadal came from Andy Roddick in the second round of the 2004 US Open.
The 24-year-old (Tiafoe) last made it into the round of eight of a Grand Slam competition at the Australian Open in 2019, where he lost to Nadal.Additionally, Tiafoe became the youngest American male player to do so since Andy Roddick in 2006 and the first since John Isner in 2018 to get to the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows.
Only three players from his nation, including Frances Tiafoe, have defeated Rafael Nadal in a Grand Slam tournament since 2005.