Frances Tiafoe’s second-round victory at the U.S. Open on Wednesday night didn’t involve any controversy. He seized the initiative right away and never let go.
He only encountered one break point, which he avoided. He played fantastic volleys. A trainer was had to assist his outmatched opponent with a painful neck.
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And you couldn’t help but get the impression that Tiafoe, the 10th seed, was having an absolute blast. No matter the specifics of the match, this is the place he wants to be.
Frances Tiafoe loves the US Open
Sebastian Ofner of Austria was defeated 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 in a little more than 1 1/2 hours under the lights at a Grand Slam competition, grabbing the attention of thousands of spectators in the Arthur Ashe Stadium stands.
I adore it. My favourite. I adore it all. I enjoy competitive matches. You’re risking your heart by doing this. Everyone is watching you and another person in this crowd.
You are fiercely competitive. Everyone is looking forward to the game. And the question is, “Who wants it more?”
Maryland native Tiafoe, 25, stated in an interview prior to the U.S. Open. “If you don’t enjoy that, sports aren’t for you. I simply adore being in those situations and environments.
He was aware that this was Ofner’s U.S. Open debut and stated following their match on Wednesday that he intended to “take advantage of the environment.”
On a day when No. 5 Casper Ruud, the runner-up from the previous year, and No. 7 Stefanos Tsitsipas withdrew, Tiafoe made progress.
Three of the top seven men in the event have already been eliminated, with No. 4 Holger Rune losing in the opening round.
Tiafoe’s career and his life altered at Flushing Meadows a year ago.
He advanced to the semifinals of a major for the first time by defeating Rafael Nadal in the fourth round. He subsequently tested eventual champion Carlos Alcaraz to the breaking point before losing.
All throughout, the supporters showered Tiafoe with love, including some well-known ones like NBA All-Star Bradley Beal and former first woman Michelle Obama.
And he undoubtedly delighted in the praise and attention that came along with his increased notoriety, which included a part in the Netflix tennis documentary series “Break Point.”
“I have no problem putting myself completely out there and watching what happens. Allow the cards to fall where they may.
Frances Tiafoe loves the US Open
I adore having an audience around me. Everyone who came to see me paid with their hard-earned money. After defeating Ofner, Tiafoe remarked, “I want them to enjoy.
So I went up to the stands to welcome rapper Pusha T, a guest of mine. “I want to win, and I also.”
The Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, who is ranked 22 and won on Wednesday, is Tiafoe’s opponent going on.
He’s incredibly cunning. He plays the game in an unusual way,” Tiafoe stated. “I’m set. I am prepared for him.
Tiafoe is one of a group of American guys in their 20s who have been slowly climbing the rankings and beginning to pose a big championship threat.
The last citizen of the nation to win a Grand Slam trophy was Andy Roddick in the U.S. Open 20 years ago.