US Open: Frances Tiafoe advances to a Grand Slam semifinal on home soil after beating Andrey Rublev | tennis news

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Frances Tiafoe continued his win over Rafael Nadal by defeating Andrey Rublev to become the first American to reach the US Open semifinals in 16 years.

No home player has reached the last four in men’s singles since Andy Roddick in 2006 and Tiafoe is looking to become the first home winner since Roddick won his only Grand Slam title in 2003.

The 24-year-old scored the win of his life against Nadal in the fourth round and it was just as impressive, with Tiafoe keeping his composure as his Russian opponent grew increasingly frustrated to record a wonderful 7-6 (7-). 3) 7-6 (7-0) 6-4 win in front of a boisterous Partisan crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Rublev vs Tiafoe: Match Statistics

Rublev Match Statistics tiafoe
14 aces 18
1 Double mistakes 3
77% Win percentage on 1st serve 88%
53% 2nd serve win percentage 63%
0/4 Breakpoints won 1/4
31 overall winner 46
38 Unforced mistakes 38
100 Total points earned 121

“This is wild, this is crazy,” Tiafoe said. “Biggest win of my life, coming out and hitting another big win. It’s tremendous growth. It’s difficult to turn a page, but I did it and now I’m in the semifinals.

“I feel so at home on places like this. I want to play, I want to do my best. Let’s enjoy this, but we have two other boys.”

Tiafoe, who received a message of good fortune from the President of Sierra Leone, excelled in the big moments against Rublev with his powerful ball strike and willingness to push forward.

He saved a set point in the 12th game of the opening set before hitting two excellent tie breaks, particularly the second where he didn’t lose a point.

When Tiafoe broke the serve to take a 4-3 lead in the third set, Rublev broke down in tears and the Russian, for whom this was his sixth Grand Slam quarterfinal loss, continued berating himself.

Tiafoe kept his nerve superbly, saving a break point in the next game with the most skillful volleys before serving the win.

Tiafoe’s remarkable story…

His father, Frances Snr, and mother, Alphina Kamara, fled the civil war in Sierra Leone and eventually settled in Maryland, where Frances Snr worked as a laborer at a construction company building a new tennis center.

Upon completion, he was offered a job as an on-site caretaker at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, and there his twin sons, Frances and Franklin, regularly stayed overnight to hit balls on the courts.

By the time he was five, Frances was already showing ball hitting skills and athleticism.

Tiafoe, whose mother worked nights as a nurse, spent most of his young life at the tennis center and won the prestigious Orange Bowl in 2013 at the age of 15. He was soon touted as the next big thing in American tennis.

Sabalenka made it to the semifinals again in New York

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Aryna Sabalenka knocked aside Czech Karolina Pliskova to reach her second consecutive US Open semifinal

Aryna Sabalenka made it straight into the semifinals of the US Open by beating Karolina Pliskova.

Belarussian star Sabalenka, who was beaten by Leylah Fernandez in the semis 12 months ago, survived a tight second set to defeat Czech Pliskova 6-1, 7-6 (7-4).

“Today I expected a great level,” said Sabalenka. “I just tried to stay in this match as long as possible.”

“Right now I’m not trying to play aces, I’m just trying to get my serve to the big targets,” she added. “I’m ready for another fight and I think I just need to focus on myself.”

Sabalenka, who trailed Kaia Kanepi 6-2, 5-1 in her second-round match, will be looking to reach her first Grand Slam final of her career after losing to Pliskova in the semifinals at Wimbledon last summer .

The 24-year-old was unable to play at Wimbledon this year due to the suspension for Russian and Belarusian players and used the time to train in Miami.

After struggling terribly with her serve earlier in the year and hitting a large number of double faults, Sabalenka seems to have fixed the problem.

Her serve worked very well on Wednesday, with the sixth seed not facing a single break point and hitting three times as many winners as Pliskova.

Sabalenka also believes that not getting to play Wimbledon improved her chances of winning a first Grand Slam title, saying: “I’ve had another preseason. I worked really hard and worked a lot on my serve.

“It was a tough time, especially when I was working out in the gym and watching Wimbledon on TV. I always turned it off because I couldn’t see it.

“I had a lot of good memories from it and I miss it very much. That’s why I couldn’t watch it because it reminded me of the great time I had there.

“They stole an opportunity from me and I worked really hard for this one.”

Pliskova vs Sabalenka: match statistics

Pliskova Match Statistics Sabalenka
1 aces 7
6 Double mistakes 3
64% Win percentage on 1st serve 72%
42% 2nd serve win percentage 63%
7/10 Breakpoints won 7/10
10 overall winner 30
23 Unforced mistakes 28
56 Total points earned 70

Fan causes a stir at the US Open with a haircut during Kyrgios match

A fan gets a haircut as Nick Kyrgios of Australia plays against Karen Khachanov of Russia during the quarterfinals of the US Open tennis championships on Tuesday, September 6, 2022 in New York.  (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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A fan gets a haircut at Arthur Ashe Stadium as Nick Kyrgios plays Karen Khachanov in the Quarterfinals

A tense situation ensued when two tennis fans cut each other’s hair in the stands at Arthur Ashe Stadium while Nick Kyrgios and Karen Khachanov were playing their quarter-finals on Tuesday night.

They had clippers and the kind of cape a barber would normally use to keep a client clean.

Before long, social media users were raving about how a YouTuber known for his pranks pulled this one off.

Tournament security removed the two men from the match.

A center fan is removed from his seat after attempting to give himself a haircut during the quarterfinals match of the US Open tennis championships between Nick Kyrgios of Australia and Karen Khachanov of Russia on Tuesday September 6, 2022 in New Zealand York.  (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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The fan, who wore a Louis Vuitton barber’s cape while his companion gave him a close haircut with clippers, was reportedly escorted

US Tennis Association spokesman Brendan McIntyre said: “When someone saw it, security went to the two individuals.

“They were escorted from their seats and then from the grounds for stoppage play.”

He added, “There’s a first time for everything.”

“Beer girl” Megan Lucky also made a triumphant return this year, sipping a full pint of beer on the jumbotron to the delight of thousands of tennis fans in a repeat of her attention-grabbing performances from 2021.

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