World No. 31 Frances Tiafoe admitted in the past he wasn't too confident in his chances when taking on the court to face Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. Tiafoe has played Nadal twice as the Spaniard has two straight-set wins over the American.
Tiafoe doesn't have a great record against Federer either but at least he pushed the Swiss into a five-setter when they met at the US Open in 2017. Federer owns a 3-0 head-to-head against Tiafoe. Tiafoe has one meeting with Djokovic as the Serb defeated the American at the Australian Open last year.
"There is a little space for guys. I mean, there was a while there where you go deep in an event, and you run into Rafa and them, I was, like, 'Yeah, I'm probably going home.' But now guys can win it," Tiafoe said, per Tennis Majors.
Tiafoe is now plaiyng with much more confidence
Tiafoe hasn't had an exceptional start to the season but he is finding his game in Miami as he has been through to the round-of-16. “If I play great tennis, I know where I can be, it’s just keeping my head down and doing the work, which I have been doing,” Tiafoe said recently.
“I’m just gonna worry about my next match." In Indian Wells, Nadal was the lone Big Three that played. This fortnight in Miami, no Big Three members came to the tournament. “There’s an opening in tennis,” Tiafoe mentioned.
“Rafa and these guys aren’t playing every week. Novak, whatever he’s going through. Fed and Andy on the brink, so, you know the [next generation’s] top guys are good, but they’re beatable. It’s exciting times for us, there’s finally an opening for us, and I think we’re going to take it." Tiafoe, who just turned 24 this past January, is still relatively young and is entering prime of his career.