Nadal knocked out of US Open by brilliant Tiafoe


Frances Tiafoe beat Rafael Nadal 6-4 4-6 6-4 6-3 to reach the US Open quarter-finals for the first time; Nadal appeared to be hampered by the abdominal strain that saw him withdraw ahead of his Wimbledon semi-final in JulyRafael Nadal battled bravely but was beaten in four sets by Frances Tiafoe

Rafael Nadal’s hopes of winning a third Grand Slam title of 2022 were ended as American Frances Tiafoe produced a brilliant display to win their US Open last-16 clash in four sets.

Nadal, who was chasing a record-extending 23rd Grand Slam title, was clearly hampered by the abdominal strain that forced him to withdraw ahead of his Wimbledon semi-final in July, but showed his trademark fighting spirit to create a thrilling spectacle on Arthur Ashe Court.

However, Tiafoe’s shot-making proved too much for the Spaniard to overcome, and the American came from a break down in the fourth set to seal a 6-4 4-6 6-4 6-3 victory in three hours and 33 minutes.Norrie’s US Open run ended by Rublev | ‘I was too relaxed’US Open: Order of Play I Women’s Draw I Men’s Draw I Scores & ScheduleTiafoe advances to just the second Grand Slam quarter-final of his career, having reached the last eight at the Australian Open in 2019, and will next face Andrey Rublev after the Russian knocked out British No 1 Cameron Norrie in straight sets earlier on MondayTiafoe is through to a Grand Slam quarter-final for just the second time in his career”I’m beyond happy, I’m almost in tears.

I can’t believe it,” Tiafoe said on court in his post-match interview. “He’s definitely one of the greatest of all time. I played unbelievable tennis today, but I really don’t know what happened.”I came out not giving Rafa all the respect, I came out to win a tennis match in front of you guys.”

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