Frances Tiafoe Ousts Diego Schwartzman, To Face Rafael Nadal Subsequent | ATP Tour

Frances Tiafoe loves the largest levels and challenges in tennis. The American may get simply that on Monday on the US Open.

The twenty second seed saved 5 set factors within the first set earlier than defeating 14th seed Diego Schwartzman 7-6(7), 6-4, 6-4 to succeed in the fourth spherical at Flushing Meadows, the place he’ll play Rafael Nadal.

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Tiafoe is the primary American man to succeed in the fourth spherical on the US Open in three consecutive years since Mardy Fish completed the feat from 2010-12. He’ll attempt to advance to his second Grand Slam quarter-final.  

It was a clear match for Tiafoe, who hit 45 winners to only 34 unforced errors and transformed eight of the 18 break factors he gained. The house favorite levelled his ATP Head2Head collection with Schwartzman after three hours and two minutes.

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The important thing inside Louis Armstrong Stadium got here within the first set, which Schwartzman led 5-2. The Argentine served for the set 3 times and held two set factors serving at 5-4. On each factors, he made unforced errors. Schwartzman earned one other three factors at 6/3 within the tie-break, however was unable to transform any of them. Tiafoe took full benefit and by no means relinquished the momentum from there.

“I believed it was a hell of a match. Particularly that first set, one of many craziest units I’ve performed in my profession,” Tiafoe stated. “It had every part in it. Down two breaks, serving once more at 6-5, me down 6/3 within the breaker. Unbelievable how I even gained the set.”

Nadal has gained each his earlier ATP Head2Head conferences towards Tiafoe in straight units. These matches got here in 2019 on the Australian Open and the Mutua Madrid Open.

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