Frances Tiafoe had praised Felix Auger-Aliassime’s field workplace draw. The Canadian lived as much as that billing, storming again to achieve his second straight main quarterfinal.
“I dreamed of it, however the path wasn’t clear,” Auger-Aliassime mentioned in a post-match TV interview. “I wanted plenty of perception to be in that place sooner or later.”
The Twelfth-seeded Auger-Aliassime rallied for a 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-4 victory over Tiafoe on Sunday evening. He overcame early nerves, a partisan crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium, and the upset-minded American to achieve the ultimate eight at Flushing Meadows.
“Undoubtedly that is one among a sort. You guys are the perfect I don’t know what to say; you guys are wonderful. I perceive now. Supporting your fellow American. He deserved to be applauded; he’s carried out an incredible effort,” Auger-Aliassime informed the group of their loud assist of Tiafoe. “I hope this evokes different children in New York and Canada and everywhere in the world.”
The 21-year-old Canadian ended up with two dozen aces and solely dropped serve as soon as all evening to win in three hours and 23 minutes.
Tiafoe gained the primary set, however even then he was actually strolling a tightrope. The Maryland product confronted eight break factors, however managed to avoid wasting each single one among them to take the primary set 6-4.
However Auger-Aliassime — who was a little bit nervous within the first set — began edging up extra within the second. He discovered his confidence and turned the match. He ended up profitable factors on 84 % of his first serves, and as soon as he obtained rolling, Tiafoe couldn’t sluggish him down.
By the tip, Auger-Aliassime clinched it on a forehand winner. Subsequent he’ll transfer on to the quarterfinals, dealing with 18-year-old phenom Carlos Alcaraz of Spain.
“He’s a terrific participant,” Auger-Aliassime mentioned of Alcaraz. “In some unspecified time in the future, age is only a quantity. He already seems like a participant that’s established. I believe we’ll see plenty of him sooner or later.”
The USTA will acknowledge and honor United States navy members on Monday’s Labor Day card throughout Lt. Joe Hunt Navy Appreciation Day.
It marks the day’s ninth anniversary. It honors Hunt, the one participant in historical past to win the U.S. nationwide boys’, junior, collegiate and males’s tennis singles titles. Hunt, who gained the U.S. Nationals in 1943 whereas on depart from the Navy, was killed within the line of responsibility when his fighter airplane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean in 1945.
— Marc Berman contributed to this report.
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