Mith impressive nerves of steel, tennis player Frances Tiafoe continued his triumphal march at the US Open in New York and reached the semi-finals. The 24-year-old showed his enormous qualities in the 7: 6 (7: 3), 7: 6 (7: 0), 6: 4 win in the quarter-finals on Wednesday against the by no means disappointing Russian Andrei Rublev, especially in the tie-breaks and became the first American since Andy Roddick in 2006 to finish in the top four at the home tournament.
Alcaraz or Sinner
“I feel at home on places like this. You have my back so strongly, I always find a way out,” Tiafoe said to the fans at Arthur Ash Stadium: “We’ve got two games left, two more.”
First, however, the number 22 seeded professional, who threw Spain’s superstar Rafael Nadal out of the competition in the round of 16, will meet the winner of the duel Carlos Alcaraz (Spain) with Jannik Sinner (Italy) in the semifinals.
Meanwhile, Iga Swiatek is making great strides towards her second Grand Slam title this year. The 21-year-old Pole prevailed in her quarter-final match at the US Open 6: 3, 7: 6 (7: 4) against the American Jessica Pegula and is in the semi-finals for the first time in New York.
“I didn’t expect that at the beginning of the tournament that I would make it to the semifinals. So I’m very happy and very proud of myself,” said Swiatek: “In the end, she put me under pressure.”
Born in Warsaw, she has the best chance of setting another highlight after her second major success at the French Open. Swiatek, who defeated Dortmund’s Jule Niemeier in three sets in the round of 16, was the more offensive, active player against Pegula and was never really in danger.
On Thursday she will meet Aryna Sabalenka from Belarus, who was the clear winner in a duel with Karolina Pliskova from the Czech Republic 6: 1, 7: 6 (7: 4).
For the US hope Pegula it remains the case that she does not get past the quarterfinals in the majors. At the Australian Open last year and this year, as well as at the French Open in June, they ended in the last eight. She also failed in Paris because of Swiatek.
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