Frances Tiafoe reaches most important semi-final of his career
A day after recording the biggest win of his life against Stefanos Tsitsipas, Frances Tiafoe sealed his place in the biggest semi-final of his career.
The American ousted the Greek in a thrilling three-set encounter on Thursday before backing up his win with another impressive showing to beat Diego Schwartzman 6-4, 7-6(6).
Tiafoe, who had lost to the Argentine on both of his previous encounters, trailed 5-1 in the second set before a remarkable comeback saw him take the second set on a closely fought tie break.
Following the contest, the American admitted his performance early in the second set ‘was not fun’ before somehow finding a way to win in straight sets.
“I was playing great tennis, I was happy where I was at. New balls came and I got a little lackadaisical that game. Then Diego just kind of started locking in,” Tiafoe said.
“I started rushing, I started trying to hit everything as hard as I can. It was not fun. I don’t know what to tell you, it was not fun. There was not one part of it that was fun.”
The 23-year-old, who recorded his fourth Top 10 victory of the season, will now face the in-form Jannik Sinner, who recently moved into the ATP Finals qualification spots with victory over Casper Ruud.
Should Tiafoe prevail, he will reach just his third career ATP Final after winning his only title at the Delray Beach Open in 2018 and losing his final match in Estoril.
From 5-1 up…
…to 6-5 down…
…to finally sealing it 7-6 😅
Sweet relief for @FTiafoe! pic.twitter.com/a8qBSzqKA4
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) October 29, 2021
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