On Wednesday at the US Open, Frances Tiafoe defeated ninth seed Andrey Rublev in a fantastic all-around performance. The American won 7-6(3), 7-6(0), 6-4 in the quarterfinals with a combination of hard groundstrokes, perfect serving, and deft net play.
Fantastic Tiafoe Beats Rublev to Win US Open SF Position
Under a closed Arthur Ashe Stadium roof in New York, Tiafoe skilfully channeled the backing of an excited home crowd in an attempt to follow up his exciting four-set victory over Rafael Nadal in the fourth round. Tiafoe’s performance never slipped as he finished a two-hour, 35-minute victory to advance to his first Grand Slam semi-final in style in New York.
The American’s confidence was most apparent as he ripped off seven unanswered points in a perfect second-set tie-break. “This is bizarre. In his on-court interview, Tiafoe said, “This is nuts. “I just had the biggest win of my life, and I just came out and got another big win… Andrey is a terrific player, and having that evidence is crucial.
Turning the page is difficult, but I managed it, and I’m now in the semifinals. On such courts, I feel so at home. Amazing how this court operates. When [the crowd] is so far in my rear, I want to play and give it my all. On this court, I always seem to find a way and I’ve always been a fantastic tennis player. Enjoy this while we still have two left.
Tiafoe asserted control over his third tour-level encounter with Rublev by improving in two tie-breaks to win the first two sets, in which he had failed to create a breakpoint opportunity. The American won 76% (31/41) of the points at the net towards the end of the match because of his forward’s movement strategy, which he used to pressure the ninth seed on the baseline.
Since Andy Roddick got to the championship match in 2006, Tiafoe is the first American man to have advanced to the semi-finals in Flushing Meadows. Roddick, a former World No. 1 in the ATP rankings, was present to support his countryman Tiafoe as he moved on to face the victor of Wednesday night’s heavyweight #NextGenATP match between Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner.
When asked if he would watch the match between Alcaraz and Sinner in the quarterfinals, Tiafoe said, “I’ll sit back and watch them struggle and I’m keeping my feet up, so let them battle all night hopefully.” It will be difficult on Friday, but I’ll support them with everything they’ve got since [they are] two outstanding players.
The 24-year-old Rublev lost in another quarterfinal match, dropping to 0-6 in Grand Slam final-eight contests as a result. Despite this, his recent success in New York propels him back into the Top 10 of the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings, where Rublev has risen two spots to No. 9 as a result of his achievements this week.
Rublev had all three break point opportunities in the first set, despite Tiafoe’s obvious desire to maintain the initiative during rallies. Despite letting his first set chance slip at 6/2 by missing a Rublev lob he mistook thought was headed out, the American stayed aggressive behind his forehand to save a break point at 5-6, 30/40 and he cruised to the first set-tie break.
The second set, which had no break points since both players were incisive with their serving, was set in motion by four holds of service to love in the first five games. It provided the backdrop for Tiafoe’s brilliant seven-point blitz. Highlights of the 22nd seed’s dominance in advancing into a two-sets-to-one lead were a deft drop volley for 6/0 and a piercing backhand return winner to save set point.
After getting within two games of winning the third set, Tiafoe’s nerves started to show, but he rebounded from 30/40 to hold for 5-3 and held impressively to love in his subsequent service game to secure the victory. As a consequence, Tiafoe now has a 2-1 advantage over Rublev in their ATP Head2Head matchup.
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