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On Tuesday night, College Park, Md. native Frances Tiafoe nearly did the unthinkable.
19-year-old Tiafoe took five-time U.S. Open champion Roger Federer to a fifth and final round at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, N.Y. before Federer squeaked out the victory, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4.
Not only did Tiafoe take Federer the distance, but the highly touted American teen took the first set 6-4.
Federer, who has twice as many grand slam championships than Tiafoe has grand slam appearances, won the next two sets with relative ease.
Tiafoe, who began training at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Parl at four years old, could not be put away.
He won four of five break points, and only committed 49 unforced errors to Federer's 56. But Federer's 17 aces and 49 first-serve winners were too much for young upstart.
While Tiafoe exits the tournament with a loss, the five-set thriller against one of the greatest tennis players of all time, the Maryland native and breakout star continues on his meteoric trajectory.