Frances Tiafoe Tsitsipas

‘I knew I would beat Tsitsipas when I woke up’, reveals Frances Tiafoe

Frances Tiafoe has spoken of how he felt after waking up that he would upset third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas at Wimbledon.

The 23-year-old American stunned world No. 4 Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 in the opening round on No. 1 Court at the All England Club.

It was the world No. 57’s first victory against a top five player, and fourth win over an opponent ranked in the top 10.

“Once I saw the draw coming out, [I thought] these are matches I actually love. I think a lot of guys in the tennis community know that,” Tiafoe said in his post-match press conference.

“I play great tennis against high-calibre players. I’ve beaten high-calibre players. It forces me to play the right way. It forces me to play super aggressive.

“It forces me to be off my front foot on both sides, it forces me to come to the net, because otherwise you’re vulnerable. I woke up this morning like – ‘Yeah, I’m beating Stefanos.’ And it happened. I think believing it when nobody else does is so big.”

Tiafoe will play world No. 65 Vasek Pospisil – who beat Roberto Carballes Baena 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 – in the second round of Wimbledon on Wednesday.

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