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US Open: Local champion Tiafoe continues his winning streak

US Open: Local champion Tiafoe continues his winning streak

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Francis Tiafoe came one step closer to his first home win at the US Open. The 24-year-old domestic champion defeated Russia’s Andrei Rublev 7:6 (7/3) 7:6 (7/0) 6:4 in a Grand Slam quarter-final in New York on Wednesday and is now the first American in the top four since 16 general.

The last time an American player reached the semi-finals of the tournament at Flushing Meadows was Andy Roddick in 2006. Led by enthusiastic fans at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Tiafoe, who ousted Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal in the round of 16, ended this dry spell.

In the semi-finals, the American ranked No. 22 will meet the winner of the duel between Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz and Janek Sener of Italy. In the second semi-final, he will face the fifth seed of Norway, Kasper Ruud, and the 27th seed, Karen Khachanov of Russia.

“I feel at home in places like this. You have my back strong, I always find a way out,” said Tiafoe, who reached the final at the 2021 Vienna Stadhalen, “we still have two games to play, two more.” Tiafoe is also the first American Of African descent since then Arthur Ashe, who reached the semi-finals of the US Open Tennis legend, who died in 1993, reached the top four exactly 50 years ago in 1972.

Sabalenka again in the semi-finals

As in the previous year, Arina Sabalenka from Belarus reached the women’s semi-finals. She won the quarter-final match after a sovereign performance against Czech Karolina Pliskova 6:1 7:6 (7/4). In the top four on Thursday, six-seeded Sabalenka, the duel winner between world number one Iga Swiatek of Poland, and American Jessica Pegula will meet in the top four on Thursday.

Nothing went well for Pliskova from the start, with 15 unintentional fouls and five double faults in just 28 minutes. She was only in the second set who was properly behind, but was left behind in the tiebreak. “I am ready for the next battle and I think I have to focus on myself,” Sabalenka said. The other semi-final duo has already been decided, and Tunisian Wimbledon finalist Anas Jabeur will face Caroline Garcia of France.

US Open in New York

(US, $27915,200, hard court)

Men’s Singles

Quarter-final board:
Karen Khachanov (RUS / 27) Nick Kyrgios (AUS/23) 7:5 4:6 7:5 6:7 (3/7) 6:4
Casper Rod (NOR/5) Matteo Berrettini (ITA/13) 6:1 6:4 7:6 (7/4)
Carlos Alcaraz (ESP/3) Yannick Sener (ITA/11) -: – -: – -: –
Francis Tiafoe (US / 22) Andrei Rublev (RUS/9) 7:6 (7/3) 7:6 (7/0) 6:4

Ladies Singles

Quarter-final board:
IGA Sweatk (POL/1) Jessica Pegola (US/8) -: – -: –
Arina Sabalenka (BLR/6) Karolina Pliskova (CZE/22) 6:1 7:6 (7/4)
Caroline Garcia (FRA/17) Corey Goff (US/12) 6: 3 6: 4
Anas Jaber (DO/5) Agla Tomljanovic (Australia) 6:4 7:6 (7/4)