Thursday, Jan 20, 2019 was a big day for Frances Tiafoe. The strong bodied tennis player from Maryland turned 21 and he also burst his way into the Australian Open quarterfinals.
Tiafoe beat the No. 20 seed Grigor Dmitrov 7-5, 7-6(6), 6-7(1), 7-5 on Thursday to put himself into a major quarterfinal for the first time in his career.
He is the final American male in the draw and now has a date set with the No. 2 seed, and 17-time major champion, Rafael Nadal.
Not only a fan-favorite of the DMV, Tiafoe is turning into a favorite in Australia. For the past three rounds, each win has given those in attendance a LeBron James-themed celebration.
When he beat the No. 5 seed Kevin Anderson for the biggest win of his career:
When he broke into the Round of 16 for the first time ever:
And his latest:
"I told my parents ten years ago that I was gonna do this, I was gonna change their lives and my life. Now I'm in the quarters of a slam at 21...I can't believe it, man."#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/exmqgyI3Dv— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2019
The Hyattsville native entered the tournament at No. 39 in the world. Based on his performances so far, he will jump up to a career-high 27th.
His matchup against Nadal will be the first time that he battles the Spaniard.
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