Frances Tiafoe isn’t lacking any confidence ahead of his US Open last- 16 match as he absolutely believes that he can beat Rafael Nadal. On Saturday, Tiafoe defeated Diego Schwartzman 7- 6( 7) 6- 4 6- 4 to progress into the US Open last- 16.
Next over for Tiafoe will be a third career meeting versus Nadal. Going into the match, Nadal owns a 2- 0 head- to- head versus Tiafoe. In 2019, Nadal defeated Tiafoe at the Australian Open and Madrid Masters.” Yeah( don’t really have to study vids of Rafa), I mean, you’ve seen him so much.
I have seen him growing up. I have played against him, rehearsed against him. You know what he is going to do. occasionally it’s too good what he does. But I am ready. I mean, I am agitated. I am agitated. We are going to play on Ashe.
Yeah, the stylish court in tennis. I will be ready to give my stylish stuff,” Tiafoe said.
Tiafoe I can beat Nadal
” “ Now I believe I can beat him- I ’m surely going to come after him. I suppose for everybody is his intensity.
Match his intensity from the first point to the last. You can not really have any dips. He takes advantage of it. How good his forehand is, right? Once he gets ahold of his forehand, it’s tough to get him out of that pattern.
I am just going to have to be really aggressive and try to make him play to me, not me play to him,” Tiafoe explained. Tiafoe, 24, has been through to the US Open last- 16 for the third time in a row. In the last two times, Tiafoe exited the US Open in the last- 16.
Now, a delicate task is ahead of Tiafoe, who’s hoping to reach the US Open quarterfinal for the first time in his career. In his former two matches versus Nadal, Tiafoe did not win a single set. It remains to be seen if Tiafoe can beat Nadal for the first time.