US Open: Federer ousts teen Tiafoe in five-set thriller

Ruben Hill
August 30, 2017

Federer won that match 7-6 (7-2), 6-3, and was impressed with Tiafoe's power and go-for-broke style.

Federer had a chance to win with match point in the fifth set leading 5-3, but Tiafoe survived to force a deuce, then hung on again to extend the match.

And he showed off his vast potential to win the set 6-1.

"I don't think I had the preparation I was hoping to get", Federer said after recording his 79th career victory at this tournament, which leaves him in joint second place alongside Andre Agassi and behind only Jimmy Connors (98 wins) on the all-time list.

He broke Federer's serve late in the fifth set to raucous applause, denying him a match victor.

Frances Tiafoe was featured on HBO's newsmagazine Real Sports earlier this year.

While many junior prodigies have come and gone, Tiafoe's unique background and work ethic set him apart from the rest. Honestly, if I had felt going into this tournament that my back was going to get worse every match, I probably wouldn't have played.

Roger Federer and world number one Rafa Nadal won the first three grand slam titles of the season as they came back to prominence with a bang.

At 15, he was the youngest boys champion in Orange Bowl history.

"I played with hand-me-down rackets and gear from my wealthier peers, or used demo rackets the club supplied", 19-year-old Tiafoe told The Players Tribune. "I'm very happy for the match. In the fifth, it's a coin toss and it went my way tonight".

"To get through a five-setter you have to be OK somehow".

Keys, who is coached by a former champion in Lindsay Davenport, secured the opening set in 36 minutes courtesy of a break against her Belgian opponent in the eighth game.

The Swiss' appearance in Flushing Meadows marked his first Major appearance since lifting the cup at Wimbledon in July. He is still looking for his first ATP title (singles or doubles).

"Eventually", Tiafoe said, "I'll win more than I lose these".

"I am feeling extremely well".

"At the end I'm going to try to focus on my own game like I usually do and make sure I make it tough for Frances to get through me".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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