It grew to become Tiafoe Stadium within the second-set tiebreaker — a masterpiece seven-point phase that might earn a spot of honor within the annals of U.S. Open historical past.
Frances Tiafoe reeled off a service winner on the primary level, later belting two consecutive aces at 134 and 145 mph, respectively, to go up 5-0.
When the carnage was over, after a pair drop-shot volley winners, Tiafoe had shut out Andrey Rublev, 7-0, to go up two-sets-to-zero on the way in which to males’s American tennis historical past.
After every level in that tiebreaker, Tiafoe both shook his fist frantically, shook his head animatedly or waved his arms to pump up the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd to a louder pitch.
Not that it may get any louder. They had come for Serena Williams, for Coco Gauff and now, the final American man standing, Tiafoe.
The 24-year-old from the Washington suburbs grew to become the primary American males’s participant to advance to the U.S. Open semifinals since 2006 as he took out the ninth-seeded Russian Rublev, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-0), 6-4.
“This is wild, crazy, biggest win of my life 24 hours ago and coming back with this,” mentioned Tiafoe, who didn’t get damaged all match and did a dance transfer together with his arms after match level. “This court is unbelievable. I feel at home. Let’s enjoy this one but we got two more.”
The final American male to get this far in Flushing was Andy Roddick, who was readily available for this momentous event. Tiafoe, who upset Rafael Nadal within the quarterfinals, will face the winner of Wednesday’s late Carlos Alcaraz-Jack Sinner match.
The males’s semifinals will happen Friday, and Tiafoe may have the home-court benefit. An American male hasn’t received this factor since 2001, when Roddick took the title.
Neither Tiafoe nor Rublev may muster a break within the first two units, main to a tiebreaker every time. Tiafoe dominated the first-set tiebreaker, 7-3. That grew to become a 14-3 edge for Tiafoe in the course of the stress cooker of the second-set tiebreak and he moved to 6-0 within the event in tiebreaks.
Tiafoe additionally grew to become the primary American male to make the seminal of a significant since John Isner in 2018 at Wimbledon. His Open trip has caught the eye of LeBron James, and Tiafoe’s buddy, Bradley Beal of the Wizards, sat in his participant’s field for a second straight match.
Rublev is a hot-tempered participant and confirmed it, violently slamming the racket towards his knees and had to swap it out in the course of the 7-0 tiebreak slaughter.
Tiafoe has been an up-and-comer for eight years and now he’s lastly arrived.