World No. 38 Frances Tiafoe was glad he managed to survive a tough Nicolas Mejia challenge even though the United States had no chance of making the quarterfinal at the Davis Cup Finals. Tiafoe was made to work hard by world No.
275 Mejia but he avoided a shock loss as he edged out the Colombian 4-6 6-3 7-6 (6). "[It] felt extremely good,” Tiafoe admitted of his victory, per the Davis Cup Finals website. “I’ve never won a Davis Cup match before.
Last tie I played in 2018, lost both, lost in the fifth rubber [against Croatia]. Borna [Coric] was super emotional, so I know how it feels on the other side. “We still had somewhat of a chance to get through. It's not looking like it now, but, yeah, I just really wanted to win”.
Tiafoe thought his season had been over
Tiafoe was enjoying a vacation with his girlfriend when American captain Mardy Fish called and asked if he willing to play the Davis Cup Finals. "I got the call on Saturday,” Tiafoe revealed.
“Man, I was with my girlfriend, we were in Cabo, having mimosas every morning and just chilling out. Thought my season was done after Stockholm but I was cool with it. I was getting ready to eat my feast for Thanksgiving, and plans changed real quick”.
Tiafoe gave credit to Mejia for delivering a good performance. "He was playing so good, man," Tiafoe admitted. "He was playing so well. I was throwing a lot of stuff at him, doing some cat and mouse, ripping my forehand, coming to the net.
I tried to stay in some long rallies. He was just always there, it seems." Mejia was in tears after narrowly missing on his first tol-10 win. "I’m proud of myself and the way I fought, the way I played and the way I didn’t drop my level as much as I did yesterday,” Mejia said. “I gave myself a chance to compete at a very high level against a really good player”.