Frances Tiafoe looks forward to facing Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open on Tuesday in the quarter-finals. After his four-set win over Grigor Dimitrov, the American player said: "I'm so excited to play Rafa. We're going to have some fun, going to have some long rallies.
I hope I can play on Laver. That would be cool. That's just an honor playing on that court. Obviously playing Laver Cup a couple times. Getting to know Rod a little. Obviously he'll be there. Playing arguably one of the greatest tennis players of all time, yeah.
Just have some fun out there." Asked if Dimitrov got conservative during the fourth set, Tiafoe said: "I don't think he got conservative at all. He was moving me a lot. It was annoying, man. Yeah, slicing down the line, changing direction quite a lot I just kept digging.
Man, just keep holding pressure, you'll get a look. He's got a good serve, but not Karlovic, Isner, where it's going to keep coming. He'll give you a game where you have a couple seconds, go in lean and try to make something happen with that.
You just try to keep holding. That 4-3 game holding in the fourth was huge, huge. I don't even know how long the duration of the game was, but that was a huge hold for me. I knew I was going to get a look. I didn't want to get to another breaker because anything can happen in a breaker."