Because of the tears, Frances Tiafoe’s vision was cloudy. When the final point ended and it dawned on him that he had halted Rafael Nadal’s 22-match Grand Slam winning streak on Monday and made it to the US Open quarterfinals for the first time, he was delighted, even overcome.
His parents, Constant and Alpina, were in the Arthur Ashe Stadium guest box when Frances Tiafoe won his match against No. 2 seed Nadal in the fourth round at Flushing Meadows to him.
During the country’s civil strife in the 1990s, his parents fled Sierra Leone for the United States. They eventually settled in Maryland, where Constant worked on building a youth tennis training facility before taking on maintenance duties there. According to Tiafoe, Alpina was a nurse who “worked two jobs, overtime through the nights.” When Tiafoe and his twin brother Franklin were born in 1998, they spent a lot of time with rackets near Dad’s workplace.
Frances Tiafoe Stunned Rafa Nadal In The Flashing Meadows:
Since Andy Roddick in 2006, he is the youngest American man to advance this far in the US Open; yet, this was not a case of a biased crowd supporting one of its own. Nadal is as well-liked as it gets in the world of tennis, and he received a lot of cheers when the retractable roof was closed in the fourth set.
Frances Tiafoe outperformed Nadal in serving. Even more unexpectedly, he also came back better. And he never let the stakes or his opponent get to him; instead, he maintained his composure and lived in the present. The 36-year-old Spaniard Nadal had triumphed in both their previous meetings and every set they had played.