Francis Tiafoe Defeats Diego Schwartzman, Next Faces Rafael Nadal | ATP Tour

Frances Tiafoe loves tennis’ biggest stages and challenges. The American may get just that at Monday’s US Open.

The 22nd seed beat No. 14th seed Diego Schwartzman 7-6 (7) 6-4 6-4 after saving five set points in the first set at Flushing Meadows. , where he will face Rafael Nadal.

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Tiafoe is the first American man to reach the fourth round at the U.S. Open three years in a row since Mardy Fish achieved the feat from 2010-2012. He will seek his second Grand Slam quarterfinal appearance.

It was a clean game for Tierfoe, who recorded just 34 unforced errors from 45 winners and converted 8 of his 18 break points. The home favorite leveled the ATP Head2Head series with Schwartzman after 3 hours and 2 minutes.

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The key at Louis Armstrong Stadium came in the first set, with Schwartzman leading 5-2. The Argentinean served three times in the set and at 5-4 he held his points for two sets. On both counts he made an unforced error. Schwartzman scored three more points on his 6/3 in the tiebreak, but failed to convert any. Tiafoe made the most of that advantage and didn’t lose his momentum from there.

“I thought it was a terrible match, especially the first set, which was one of the craziest sets of my career,” Tiafoe said. “It all came together. Two breaks, served again at 6-5, 6/3 down at the breaker. Incredible, won the set.”

Nadal has won in straight sets against Tiafoe in previous ATP Head2Head matches. These matches took place at the 2019 Australian Open and Mutua He Madrid Open.

In other action, Janik Sinner beat #NextGenATP USA’s Brandon Nakashima 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 to advance to the fourth round in New York for the second year in a row.

In the first ATP Head2Head meeting, the Italian advanced by dismissing 59 winners after 3 hours and 2 minutes in a midnight battle at Louis Armstrong Stadium. The 21-year-old will next face Ilya Ivaska after the 28-year-old defeated #NextGenATP Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti 6-4 3-6 6-2 6-3.

Sinner, who won his sixth Tour Level title at Umag in July, moved up to 14th place at the Pepperstone ATP Live Race to Turin. The Italian will be looking to finish out the season on a strong note as he aims to qualify for his Nitto ATP Finals at the Alpi Tour in Paraguay in November.

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