Tiafoe’s Surprise in the US Open Final

American Frances Tiafoe upsets Rafael Nadal in 4th round of US Open

It is not often that the third round of a Grand Slam tournament is as exciting as the first, but this was indeed the case. A handful of upsets were on hand, but in a tournament that features so many of them, it is not always clear which one came from which round. It makes it all that more shocking that in the final round, not only was there a surprise, but one that may actually have been too good for the favourites. It was an up-and-down game against Frenchman Benoit Paire, but the way the match developed, it was an all-about-Paire. Paire looked like Paire, all night long, and then all of a sudden, he was Tiafoe. It took a few moments to realise, but Tiafoe had done it. He had done it by becoming the first man in the Open era to advance a game at the third round.

Tiafoe had been the first wild card entry into the tournament, but the draw had seen him go into the first round, where he had had little success. On the weekend, he won three matches, but was only able to advance by playing Nadal. The man who claimed victory in the first round of the 2019 US Open had not been going so well in his first-round matches and thus came with a chip on his shoulder. Nadal had been dominating, with his serve in all the previous rounds, but he was not expecting Tiafoe to suddenly become dangerous on the second day.

In the early going, it looked like a contest where Nadal would end up on that side of things, but his nerves got the better of him as the match wore on. At one point, he dropped a service game in on match point and could have ended up with a much easier opponent. Tiafoe however was not about to let that happen

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