NEW YORK — Frances Tiafoe had the most productive first week of his U.S. Open lifestyles. Then got here Exertions Day night time, and the second one week, and it didn’t cross just about as smartly.

The 82nd-ranked participant on the planet, Tiafoe is going by means of the nickname “The Giant Foe.” However the actual “Giant Foe” in Arthur Ashe Stadium used to be No. Five Daniil Medvedev, the spindly 6-foot-6 Russian around the web. Medvedev drubbed Tiafoe, 6-Four, 6-1, 6-Zero, and all hope for the house nation at the side of him.

The 22-year-old Tiafoe used to be the ultimate American male within the males’s draw. The upshot is that there will probably be no American citizens some of the 8 quarterfinalists.

It used to be a lopsided fourth-round fit from the beginning, Medvedev as constant as a metronome, slugging angled groundstrokes, dominating along with his serve, and shifting with astonishing quickness and beauty for the sort of giant guy.

Tiafoe, who had COVID-19 two months in the past, made a complete restoration and used to be compelling to observe in his opening fits, showcasing his herbal exuberance, in addition to his dazzling athleticism. None of the ones have been discernible towards Medvedev. He controlled simply seven winners towards 32 mistakes. He gained simply seven issues within the 3rd set, which might’ve been stopped if this have been a boxing fit. He may by no means to find his footing towards Medvedev.

Frances Tiafo serves the ball towards Danil Medvedev. (Photograph: Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports activities)

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A 2019 U.S. Open finalist who dug out out of two-set hollow to take Rafael Nadal to 5 units ultimate yr, Medvedev gained 38 of his 40 carrier video games over his first 3 fits, profitable all 9 units. If he wasn’t at his highest towards Tiafoe, he used to be very shut. He went up an early destroy within the first, and smoked a winner down the road en path to breaking once more for Five-2. Tiafoe controlled to damage Medvedev to get to Five-Three within the first, and virtually had any other destroy level when he cracked a backhand into the tape at 30-30 of Recreation 10, the ball shooting up — and staying on his facet. It used to be set level, and Tiafoe neglected a backhand and that used to be it.

Medvedev broke Tiafoe at 15 to begin the second one set, and once more within the first recreation of the 3rd. Tiafoe used to be in a ditch he may no longer get out of. Medvedev steamrolling thru with little resistance. Tiafoe most definitely questioning no matter came about to that glorious opening week.


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