Frances Tiafoe ended a magnificent night of tennis, as he defeated the Russian and fifth seed, Andrey Rublev in five sets in the third round. The American was leading 2-1 after three sets, and was cruising towards a victory. However, the American lost the fourth set which forced the match into a decider.
It seemed that Frances Tiafoe had reserved his best tennis for the final set, as he outplayed Andrey Rublev in the decider, winning 6-1. The American was delighted on his victory, and stated that he does not fear any of the top ranked players. Moreover, Tiafoe revealed that he had grown playing alongside Andrey Rublev and wanted to defeat him at any cost.
“I love these matches. This is why you work. This is why you put the time in, to play the best guys in the world. These are the matches I get up for. I want these guys. I want to put it on my resumé. I came out today and I was like, ‘I’m going to beat him.’ I grew up with this guy, I don’t fear any of these guys. Let’s keep going,” said Tiafoe.
Frances Tiafoe acknowledges support of crowd
Frances Tiafoe expressed his gratitude to all the fans who turned up and supported him, even when it was way past the midnight. The youngster smashed 69 winners during the entire match, and was simply unplayable in the final set.
“You guy are the reason I got it done tonight. It was definitely tricky. You guys stuck with me all the way through… you all did it,” Tiafoe said.
Frances Tiafoe’s record in five-setters is not a pleasant one, but the youngster stated that he was not going to leave the court without a win. He next faces the Canadian, Felix Auger Aliassime in the fourth round encounter at the Flushing Meadows.
“I’ve lost a lot of five-setters. My five-set record isn’t great. [But] I can’t not bring it,” Tiafoe said. “I’ve lost a lot of tough matches on this court… I wasn’t going to leave this court without a win tonight,” he added.