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American Frances Tiafoe Pulls Off Unexpected Win Against Rafael


American Frances Tiafoe Pulls Off Unexpected Win Against Rafael


American Frances Tiafoe Pulls Off Unexpected Win Against Rafael.World number one, Rafael Nadal, faced a monumental task at the end of the first week at Roland Garros. His quarter-final opponent? The world number 47 and an unseeded 19-year-old American called Frances Tiafoe. The 'next big thing' and USTA's newest Player to Watch faced off against one of the biggest rivals in his sport in what would be his second Grand Slam match ever. What unfolded during their clash was historic for tennis in America. For three sets, this proud upstart challenged Rafael before going down 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 to a man who has won 11 French Open titles and 16 Grand Slam titles in total - but that was by no means humiliating.

American Frances Tiafoe Pulls Off Unexpected Win Against Rafael
American Frances Tiafoe Pulls Off Unexpected Win Against Rafael

Point by point recap of the entire match

The story of the match was American 18-year-old Frances Tiafoe, who came in as a wild card and became the youngest player to ever reach the third round of a grand slam. He had never won a main draw match at Wimbledon before this tournament. His unranked opponent? No. 2 seed and defending champion Rafael Nadal, who has won this title 10 times before. In fact, he had been unbeaten here since 2007. The tennis world took notice when Nadal got off to an easy start and already led 4-0 after just 15 minutes with set points on his serve - it seemed like an easy result for one of the game's greatest players would come quickly on this stage as he looked dominant in crushing service games.


On Sunday, in the third round of the French Open, American junior player Frances Tiafoe pulled off an unprecedented upset against twelve-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal. Born in Florida, Tiafoe started playing tennis when he was three years old and only fourteen years old at this point in his career. He played a fearless game and pushed himself to the limit by using all his energy. It was an electrifying performance that showed fans why this up-and-coming star is worth watching!

Next steps

An American teenager has won his first match against a world class tennis player, beating Rafael Nadal in the second round of the Australian Open. 18-year-old Frances Tiafoe had not yet taken part in a tournament when he was given the chance to play one of tennis's best players as his last opponent on Margaret Court Arena. And it paid off for him - after four sets, he's secured himself a place in the third round with a stunning victory. This is just what his family had been dreaming about since they emigrated from Africa more than two decades ago.

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