Tiafoe’s feat entered historic Big 3 statistic
Frances Tiafoe (No. 26 in the ranking) finished with Rafael Nadal (3rd) undefeated in Grand Slam tournaments this season. The 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 and 6-3 in three hours and 34 minutes of play gave the home pass to the quarter-finals of the US Open but, in addition, made it a historic piece in the within a statistic that pertains to the Big Three.
As the round of 16 approached, the man born in Maryland 24 years ago had never managed to win a set against the European. However, things have changed in the territory which has presented it for a few days as a great local hope.
Frances’ win will take him to his second Majors quarter-final, reminiscent of that performance at the Australian Open 2019 when he was knocked out at the hands of ‘La Fiera’. But it also opened up the possibility of something happening in this event that hadn’t happened since Roland Garros 2004: with Nadal’s fall and the absence of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, the event will have three consecutive champions outside of the famous Big 3.. In 2020 Dominic Thiem achieved it, the following year Daniil Medvedev lifted his inaugural Major title and, in this edition, another champion will be the one who signs the cup in New York.
With Daniil Medvedev (1st) losing to Nick Kyrgios also in the round of 16, this edition of the US Open became the first without the top eight seeds since 2000 when Guga Kuerten and Andre Agassi withdrew to first and second respectively rounds.
Frances Tiafoe became, with the most important victory of her career, the youngest American to reach the quarter-finals since Andy Roddick in 2006. He will meet Andrey Rublev there with the same objective in mind: to reach the first semi-final. . Major of their life.
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