After another impressive victory at Flushing Meadows, Frances Tiafoe thanked the US Open crowd. To get to the US Open semifinals on Wednesday, Tiafoe overcame ninth-seeded Rublev 7-6 (3) 7-6 (0) 6-4.
Just two days prior, Rafael Nadal, the record-holder for most Grand Slam titles with 22, was defeated by Tiafoe, giving him one of his biggest triumphs. “Wow, this is crazy. This is absurd. 24 hours after experiencing the biggest victory of my life, I returned and scored a significant victory.
On these courts, I feel completely at home. Amazing how this court operates. I want to play when you people fall behind me so much. I’m trying to do my best. Andrey is a terrific player, thus his development has been enormous. Turning the page is difficult, but I managed it.
I’m presently in the semifinals. On this court, I simply always seem to find a way. Let’s enjoy this one. I was hoping to play some excellent tennis, and I have. We now have two more men. There are two more, “After his victory, Tiafoe said.
Tiafoe defeated Rublev to set up a matchup with Carlos Alcaraz.
When Tiafoe had a break point in the 12th game of the first set, he managed to save it and force a tie-break. Tiafoe quickly took a 2-0 lead in the tie-break and never looked back, converting his second set point to take the opening set.
The conclusion of the second set required another tie-break, so there was no time for a break. Tiafoe was even more convincing this time, as he won the tie-break in the second set without dropping a point. In the seventh game of the third set, Tiafoe broke through for the first time in the match after taking a two-set advantage.
The remainder of the match, Tiafoe maintained his serve, resulting in a victory in straight sets. In the US Open semifinals, Tiafoe will face Alcaraz, who is rated fourth. If Tiafoe can reach his maiden Grand Slam final is still up in the air.