World No. 49 Frances Tiafoe thought he did nothing wrong against Jannik Sinner in the Vienna semifinal. Tiafoe, a former world No. 29, recovered from a set down to stun No. 7 seed Sinner 3-6 7-5 6-2 in the Vienna semifinal.. Sinner was 6-3 5-3 up before Tiafoe pulled off a stunning comeback.
Tiafoe was trying to get the crowd involved as much as possible and Sinner accused him of lack of respect after the match. "Well, the audience is there for a reason and I can interact with them. Jannik had the chance to win the match, then I started playing great tennis and I enjoyed it.
I don't feel guilty," Tiafoe said, per Lorenzo Ercoli.
Sinner called out Tiafoe
Sinner had everything in his hands but he failed to serve out for the match in the second set and then his game fell apart. "In my opinion Tiafoe went too far today, he did too much.
It's one thing when you put on a show, it's another thing when there's no respect. I don't know what happened, but today I think he went a bit too far," Sinner said after the match. "There are limits.
In some moments I was ready, but I had to wait for Tiafoe. Maybe I should have put pressure on the umpire to make him respect the time. But it's gone now." After the match, Tiafoe admitted the crowd made the difference.
"It has been a long week for me,” Tiafoe said. “I tried to have fun with it and get the crowd involved and could see if he would get a little nervous. I know how to get the crowd behind me, few jokes and that and then I started to play unbelievably. The crowd made the difference. I felt because of them I started to lock in harder”.