Frances Tiafoe defeats Andrey Rublev, becomes first African-American player into US Open semis in 50 years
, 2022-09-07 23:51:32,
Frances Tiafoe of the United States defeated Andrey Rublev in straight sets to power into the semi-finals of the US Open on Wednesday.
Tiafoe put on a scintillating performance to defeat Russian ninth seed Rublev 7-6 7-6 6-4.
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The win means the World No. 22 is the first African-American man to make the US Open semi-finals since Arthur Ashe in 1972 and is two wins away from matching Ashe’s 1968 victory.
It was a giant-slaying win on the court named after Ashe which has kept the 24-year-old’s dream alive as he looks to become the first American since Andy Roddick in 2003 to win his home grand slam.
Tiafoe’s semi-final run is the first by a US player since Roddick in 2006, where the American lost the final to Roger Federer.
Tiafoe is in the form of his life after he eliminated Spanish legend Rafael Nadal in the fourth round on Monday.
Tiafoe, seeded 22nd, will face either Spanish third seed Carlos Alcaraz or 11th seed Jannik Sinner in his first career Grand Slam semi-final appearance on Friday.
“Man this is wild, this is crazy,” Tiafoe said after his victory.
“Having the biggest win of my life and coming out and getting another big win. Andrey’s a hell of a player, so to back it up is huge growth. Tough to turn the page but I did and now I’m in the semis.”
Tiafoe, the son of immigrants from Sierra Leone who…
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