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US Open: Tiafo enters semifinals, US first in 16 years

US Open: Tiafo enters semifinals, US first in 16 years

NEW YORK ( Associated Press) — About 20 minutes after Frances Tiafoe certified an American man’s appearance for the first time since 2006 in a US Open semifinal, she met her friends in a lobby at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

He hugged and joked with the whole group, including NBA star Bradley Beale. Tiafo shouted: “Let’s take a really funny picture!” Of course they agreed. Tiafoe and his friends made the letter “W” (for victory) with the fingers of both hands. Tifo’s girlfriend came running, hugged him and gave him a kiss, wiping the lipstick from his mouth.

A tennis player who loves to entertain, someone who has been waiting for this moment on the big stage for years, Tiafo is enjoying his adventure to the fullest, as are his friends, his parents and his family. Compatriots who have been waiting two decades for the last consecration of a man from the United States.

After securing the biggest victory of his career by defeating 22-time major champion Rafael Nadal in the fourth round, Tiafo finished another mile with a 7-6(3), 7-6(0), 6-4 over Andrey Rublev. received the stone. , the ninth seed of the tournament.

“I love showing the world what I’m capable of,” said 22nd seed Tiafo at Flushing Meadows. “I try to go out on the track and give people what they want – and that’s to see me win.”

Andy Roddick, in Ash’s stand on Wednesday, was the last American man to reach the semi-finals in New York after losing to Roger Federer in a championship matchup 16 years ago. Roddick was also the last player from the host country to win a singles title at any Grand Slam event, including the 2003 US Open.

None of the men in the race have lifted a major trophy yet in this tournament.

Tiaffo, 24, and a Maryland state native, will play his first Slam semi-final next Friday against either Spanish Carlos Alcaraz (seeded third) or Italian Jannik Sinar (11).

“France is a wonderful young man. Good things happen to good people,” said tournament director Stacey Aleister. “No matter what, it has been a significant development in his career and what he has learned and his performance at this US Open. Will continue to move forward with all the success.”

The move was further aided by Tiafo’s coach, former tennis player Wayne Ferreira, who insisted that the player was “not professional enough”, and noted significant changes in his dietary habits – lots of chocolate and cookies and No breakfast – workout and gym work.

“It took us a while to slowly get to where we are today,” Ferreira said. “I thought it would be best at the end of next year.”

Tiafo revealed an aggressive and very aggressive tennis. He made 18 ass and came over the net to defeat Rublev of Russia, who went 0-6 in the quarterfinals of the major events.

Since it was raining before the start of the game, it was decided to play with the roof closed. This intensified the noise, in favor of the Tifo.

The only break of service came after more than two hours of play, when Tiaffo took a 4-3 lead in the third set. The other defining moment was the results of the first two sets. Tiafo is in a 6-0 tiebreak at this US Open.

When he hit a backhand return winner to take a two-set lead, he ran to the edge of the court, sitting nearby, with a pile of towels, T-shirts and socks on the floor—something “bad”, according to His gestures – Tiafo clenched his fist amidst the delirium of the audience standing on his feet.

“Best tiebreaker I’ve ever played,” Tifo said. “A mind-boggling tiebreaker.”

Rublev, on the other hand, could not hide his annoyance at the way the match was going, whether it was hitting his leg or the strings of his racket. Over and over again, he pointed and shouted towards his guest box, where only four of the 15 seats were filled, while the section of Tiafo was completely filled.

Ferreira was present. Like his agent, Jill Smoller, who differs from Serena Williams among his clients. Tiaffo also had a twin brother, Franklin, and his parents who immigrated to the United States in the 1990s after escaping the civil war in Sierra Leone. They settled in Maryland, where the father worked to build a youth academy. Tennis was lost and then a maintenance worker, causing Francis and Franklin to dismantle a racket.

“It’s a tremendous story. Hopefully one day a movie will be made,” Ferreira said. But first he has to win a Grand Slam. They make a film on you only if you do it the right way.

Referring to this, Tiafo said: “Everybody loves a fairy tale. I try to make one.”

For now, he is on his way.

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