Frances Tiafoe made a stunning comeback in the early hours of Saturday morning to beat Andrey Rublev in the third round of the US Open.
American Tiafoe, 23, won 4-6 6-3 7-6(6) 4-6 6-1 after almost four hours, with a small crowd sticking around until after 02:00 local time.
Tiafoe told the remaining fans after the match: “You guys are the reason I got it done tonight. You guys stuck with me all the way through. I love these matches… these are the matches I train for. I came out here thinking ‘I want to beat him’. Let’s keep going.”
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Rublev’s strong serves took control of the opening set, but Tiafoe fought hard to match the Russian and found a second wind in the fifth set, quickly jumping to 5-0 lead.
“I wasn’t going to leave this court without winning tonight,” Tiafoe said.
The world No. 50 will face Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime in the fourth round.
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Source: Euro Sports