American Frances Tiafoe upsets Rafael Nadal in US Open 4th round – CNN

American Frances Tiafoe upsets Rafael Nadal in US Open 4th round - CNN

In a match that lasted more than 3 hours and 30 minutes, the Maryland native defeated Nadal 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Tiafoe, 24, is the youngest American man to reach this distance in the US Open since 24-year-old Andy Roddick was a finalist in 2006.

“It was definitely one hell of a performance,” he said after the match. “I played really well today. Yeah, I guess, I mean, I just came out and I just believed I could do it. It helps that I’ve played him a few times.”

Earlier in the tournament, Tiafoe said he was happy to be largely overlooked.

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After his win on Monday, he expressed joy at what his victory over Nadal meant to his parents, who immigrated to the United States from Sierra Leone.

“I just had a great passion for the game. Not even mainly for me, but to do it for them. To see them experience me beating Rafa Nadal, they saw me have great victories, but beating those Mount Rushmore guys, for them, I can’t imagine what was going through their heads.

“Yeah, I mean, they’ll remember today for the rest of their lives.”

Nadal, 36, recorded his first loss in a grand slam this year and is now 22-1 this season. The Spaniard won the Australian Open and French Open before withdrawing from Wimbledon in July ahead of his scheduled semi-final showdown with Australian Nick Kyrgios.

“The difference is easy,” Nadal said later. “I played a bad match and he played a good match. That’s it, isn’t it?”

Nadal said that Tiafoe played more solidly than in previous matches between the two, served well, had good backhands and was fast.

“But I don’t think I pushed him enough to give him the doubts I need to give him,” he said. “Of course, he did things well. If not, he won’t win, no doubt. Congratulations to him.”

Nadal said he needs to “fix things” and when he feels mentally ready to compete again, he will, but he is unsure of the timetable.

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Tiafoe will face Russia’s Andrey Rublev in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

The US Open singles final is scheduled for Sunday.

Tiafoe’s parents met in the United States, where they would have twins, Franklin and Frances.

Their father joined as a day laborer at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in 1999 in College Park.

Working around the clock, his father was forced to move into a vacant warehouse at the tennis center, where his two boys would stay with him, sleeping there, while their mother worked night shifts as a nurse. Tiafoe took up the sport, started playing center for free, and fell in love with the sport.

Tiafoe has previously said that while his family didn’t grow up rich, he wouldn’t change a thing.

On Monday, he told reporters: “Being around tennis kind of got us out of our neighborhood. My dad could watch us. It wasn’t anything that was supposed to be like that. Once we got into the game of tennis, it was like my dad was like, It would be awesome if you guys can use this as a full scholarship to school. I mean, we couldn’t afford college.”

CNN’s Jill Martin contributed to this report.

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