American Frances Tiafoe Beats Rafael Nadal At U.S. Open And Loses It Afterward

Frances Tiafoe buried his head in his palms. He cried. He wandered the courtroom for a bit.

What else was an up-and-coming tennis star to do after defeating 22-time Grand Slam champ Rafael Nadal in 4 units Monday on the U.S. Open?

“I felt like the world stopped,” Tiafoe mentioned, in accordance with The Related Press. “I couldn’t hear anything for a minute.”

One announcer referred to as the upset “historic.”

Tiafoe, ranked twenty sixth on this planet, appeared in disbelief however insisted afterward that he gave “one hell of a performance” as a result of “I just believed I could do it,” per CNN.

He’s the youngest American to succeed in the quarterfinals since Andy Roddick did it at age 24 in 2006, the Los Angeles Every day Information famous. Roddick had beforehand gained the match in 2003.

However Tiafoe’s largest thrill was undertaking the feat earlier than his dad and mom, Fixed and Alphina.

“To see them experience me beat Rafa Nadal — they’ve seen me have big wins, but to beat those ‘Mount Rushmore’ guys? For them, I can’t imagine what was going through their heads,” he mentioned, per the AP.

Tiafoe’s dad and mom had each emigrated from Sierra Leone once they met within the U.S. His father acquired a job at a tennis coaching middle in Maryland, sleeping in a storage room with Tiafoe and his twin brother whereas the mom labored night time shifts as a nurse, in accordance with CNN. Court docket entry paid off.

Nadal, who had gained 22 straight Grand Slam matches, summed up this week’s beautiful defeat in opposition to Tiafoe.

“I played a bad match and he played a good match,” Nadal mentioned, per Planet Sport.