American Frances Tiafoe upsets Rafael Nadal in 4th round of US Open
By Steve Keating
June 5, 2014 – 11:13am
In a final that was supposed to be a two-horse race between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, American Frances Tiafoe came out onto Centre Court armed with his sixth Masters 1000 title to capture a second consecutive US Open title after defeating the fifth seed in four sets.
Federer was defeated by Nadal in the final last year at Flushing Meadows. Here, we examine the possible reasons for the first major upset in the second week of the tournament.
After six hours 40 minutes without a break, Tiafoe defeated Federer in four sets. Here’s a look back at the match, which the American won in straight sets.
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Federer, who hadn’t made it through the first two rounds, never trailed. Tiafoe served well with a 3-0, 6-1, 6-2 victory. He will be able to prepare with some confidence for the quarterfinals, which are scheduled for Sept. 17-18.
“I won the first couple matches against him,” said Tiafoe. “They were tough and extremely competitive. I was hoping that I could give him a good account of myself and I think I achieved that.”
Federer is 38 and Nadal was 32. The two men are the top players in their respective fields. They are the top seeds as they meet in the tournament’s opening round.
“I haven’t played the match between two such different players in a while and you never know. The conditions were extremely difficult all day so, it was good to have my first win in the last couple of years,” Federer said.
Tiafoe was in fine form by beating the top seeds. She entered the match ranked second on the WTA’s