Tiafoe: First American Man Since 2006 To Reach US Open Semifinals

Francis Tiafoe made history when he advanced to the US Open men's semifinals on Wednesday
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Francis Tiafoe made history when he advanced to the US Open men's semifinals on Wednesday at New York's Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The 24-year-old tennis player is the first Black American man to reach the semifinals since Arthur Ashe's 1972 appearance in the round, according to Today. Tiafoe is also the first American man to reach the semifinal round since Andy Roddick in 2006. Roddick, who retired in 2012, was in attendance to watch Tiafoe's victory.

Tiafoe was animated and energetic as he delivered a dominant performance against Andrey Rublev of Russia, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-0), 6-4. "I was way more comfortable coming out today than when I was playing Rafa,'' he told reporters after the win. Read more.

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