Frances Tiafoe likes the large stage. A lot in order that the American knew right this moment was going to be his day at Wimbledon from the second he wakened.
The 23-year-old American recorded his first win over a Prime 5 participant on Monday with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 victory over third-seeded Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas on No. 1 Courtroom.
“I wakened this morning like, ‘Yeah, I am beating Stefanos’,” mentioned Tiafoe, after the fourth Prime 10 win of his profession. “It’s occurred. I feel believing it when no one else does is so massive.
“As soon as I noticed the draw popping out, [I thought] these are matches I really love. I feel quite a lot of guys within the tennis group know that. I play nice tennis in opposition to high-calibre gamers.”
Tiafoe pumped himself up for his first win in his fourth ATP Head2Head assembly in opposition to Tsitsipas, the latest Roland Garros finalist (l. to Djokovic), by strolling onto the present courtroom listening to “Steve Angello [and] the tune known as ‘Rejoice’, that includes T.D. Jakes.”
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Tiafoe, who first performed on a grass courtroom in Washington, D.C., on the age of 14, believes that taking part in on the pure floor helps his sport.
“It forces me to play the correct means,” mentioned Tiafoe, who reached the cinch Championships quarter-finals (l. to Shapovalov) two weeks in the past. “It forces me to play tremendous aggressive. It forces me to be off my entrance foot on either side, it forces me to come back to the online, as a result of in any other case you are susceptible.”
Tiafoe’s previous-best outcome had are available beating then World No. 6 Kevin Anderson within the 2019 Australian Open second spherical en path to the quarter-finals (l. to Nadal).
The World No. 56 will subsequent problem Canada’s Vasek Pospisil within the Wimbledon second spherical on Wednesday. Pospisil misplaced simply 9 of his first-service factors (41/50) and struck 18 aces to beat Roberto Carballes Baena of Spain in a single hour and 44 minutes.