US Open 2022: Rafael Nadal’s quarterfinal streak ends with loss to Frances Tiafoe in fourth spherical

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Frances Tiafoe picked an incredible day to play a few of his finest tennis. The 24-year-old American, seeded twenty second, topped No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 to advance to his second profession Grand Slam quarterfinal. He additionally made the quarterfinals on the 2019 Australian Open.

After splitting the primary two units, Tiafoe took management of the third set by breaking Nadal within the seventh sport with an ideal backhand winner. He sprinted to his seat because the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd got here to life. He then was capable of maintain serve twice with relative ease.

Within the fourth set, Nadal went up a break early, however Tiafoe instantly answered with a break of his personal, the primary of 5 straight video games gained by the American. After Nadal’s ultimate shot went into the web, Tiafoe tossed his racket apart and put his arms on his head, shortly overcome with emotion. It is arguably the most important win of his profession, and his first over Nadal in three tries. 

Serving was a serious key within the upset: 

  • Tiafoe produced 18 aces in comparison with simply 9 for Nadal.
  • Nadal had an uncharacteristic 9 double faults in comparison with Tiafoe’s 4.
  • Nadal’s serving troubles price him dearly: Along with the double faults, he gained simply 56 p.c of his second-serve factors.

Moreover, Tiafoe’s protection was robust and his floor strokes have been crisp, as he produced 49 winners in comparison with Nadal’s 33, and Tiafoe transformed 5 of his eight break level alternatives. Tiafoe additionally got here to the web effectively, profitable 17 factors on the web utilizing a bevy of deft volleys and drop photographs.

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It is a stunning loss for Nadal, who had made not less than the quarterfinal of every of the final 16 majors he performed in going all the way in which again to the 2017 US Open. He additionally had gained his final 22 Grand Slam matches.

Tiafoe will face No. 9 seed Andrey Rublev. They’ve break up their two conferences, with Rublev profitable the latest one, on the Indian Wells Masters in March.

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