Although Frances Tiafoe beating Rafael Nadal is one of the most surprising upsets of the US Open, it wasn’t so unexpected since the American confidently announced before the match that he was meaning business. Before the match, the home favorite even shared the card he planned to play against the Spanish legend.
“Now I believe I can beat him - I’m definitely going to come after him. I think for everybody is his intensity. Match his intensity from the first point to the last. You can't really have any dips. He takes advantage of it.
How good his forehand is, right? Once he gets ahold of his forehand, it's tough to get him out of that pattern. I'm just going to have to be really aggressive and try to make him play to me, not me play to him," Tiafoe explained.
Tiafoe did as he said. He stepped on court displaying aggressive tennis and determination. He truly gave, as he said, his “best stuff”. "Yeah [don't really have to study videos of Rafa], I mean, you've seen him so much.
I've seen him growing up. I've played against him, practiced against him. You know what he's going to do. Sometimes it's too good what he does. But I'm ready. I mean, I'm excited. I'm excited. We're going to play on Ashe. Yeah, the best court in tennis.
I'll be ready to give my best stuff,” said Tiafoe. One could say Nadal was a sitting duck, but how can anyone look at a 22-time grand slam winner like that?
Tiafoe is in the US Open quarterfinals
Frances Tiafoe, after defeating Nadal, booked his quarterfinals spot at the 2022 US Open edition.
There, he will face Andrey Rublev, who won in straight sets against Cameron Norrie after pulling off a 5-set thriller victory against Denis Shapovalov.