US Open Tennis live: Frances Tiafoe upsets Rafael Nadal in US Open 2022

US Open Tennis live: Frances Tiafoe upsets Rafael Nadal in US Open 2022

The 24 year old American Tennis player, Frances Tiafoe made a historic win as he beat Nadal. Follow us here for more Tennis live updates.

Frances Tiafoe ended the 22 match Grand Slam winning streak of Spanish tennis native, Rafael Nadal in four sets to reach the quarterfinals of US Open for the first time. The 24 year old American is the youngest American to get this far in the US Open since Andy Roddick reached the finals in 2006. The 36 year old Nadal recorded his first ever defeat in a Grand Slam event and is now 22-1 this season after claiming Australian Open and French Open before withdrawing from Wimbledon in July. 

“Well, the difference is easy: I played a bad match and he played a good match,” Nadal said. “At the end that’s it.” “But I don’t think I pushed him enough to create the doubts that I need to create,” he said. “Of course, he did things well. If not, he will not win, without a doubt. Congrats to him.”

The victory of Tiafoe against Nadal is memorable as he did it in front of his parents, Constant and Alpina.  “I can’t even believe it yet. Yes, I walked into the field perfectly aware of having a chance, I also said that, but beating Nadal in a Grand Slam tournament is just incredible. I can’t believe it, really.”

“To see them experience me beat Rafa Nadal—they’ve seen me have big wins, but to beat those ‘Mount Rushmore’ guys? For them, I can’t imagine what was going through their heads,” said Tiafoe, a 24-year-old American seeded 22nd at the US Open. “I mean, they’re going to remember today for the rest of their lives.” Due to the civil war in West Africa in the 1990s, his parents both emigrated to the US and ended up in Maryland. His father, Constant, helped to build a tennis court for juniors and became a maintenance man while his mother, Alphina, worked as a nurse. 

Tiafoe continued his Cinderella run in the US Open with a quarter final win against Russian Tennis player Andrey Rublev in three sets right after ousting the second seed Rafael Nadal. His “anybody can do it” mantra is in full display and continues to extend through the semi-final against Carlos Alcaraz. This semi-final game is expected to have a packed crowd as everyone wanted to witness the fate of Tiafoe in the US Open to unfold and whether his run continues or will be ended by the Spanish’ Carlos Alcaraz. 

The US Open 2022 will be the first US Open to not have the first and two seeded in the next round. Kyrgios ousted No. 1, the reigning champion Daniil Medvedev, after Nadal’s exit. Making the top 1 and 2 seed both failed to reach the quarterfinals since 2000.

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