Frances Tiafoe to the Big 3: "Tennis needs new faces"
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Frances Tiafoe won the stars and stripes derby with Marcos Giron and gained access to the second round of the US Open. The current number 26 in the world was drawn at the bottom of the draw and could be Rafael Nadal's opponent in the round of 16.
However, he will have to be good at beating the competition from Diego Schwartzman, who benefited from Jack Sock's retirement after losing the first two sets. Considering the absence of Novak Djokovic and the large number of players getting closer to the top of the ATP rankings, Stefanos Tsitsipas spoke of the pressure he felt before the start of the US Open.
"I was very motivated and energized before the US Open because I knew I could use this tournament to get closer to number 1 on the leaderboard. It would be really weird and unusual if it hadn't crossed my mind. my chances are a little smaller.
Now the margin is not as small as it was before, but I will try to add points to my classification."
Tiafoe: "Tennis needs new faces"
Tiafoe commented on the latest statements by the Greek tennis player, focusing on the generational change and the Next Gen.
"I think I played a good match, I served very well. In the third set I lost some concentration, but I haven't played a best of five game in a long time. The key was the service, because it got me out of trouble several times.
More open slams? There are no doubts. Novak can't play here, so yes. It's true. Just look at the rankings of these tennis players. Stefanos had a great opportunity. I think a change of guard is taking place, we need to find the most continuous and regular player.
Everyone has an excellent level. It's a good thing, tennis needs new faces. It's interesting. You asked me, but I'm not in what position yet. I let these guys handle the pressure. I am playing great tennis. It was a great summer: I had several match points against Nick Kyrgios, who is expressing the best tennis in his career.
I beat Matteo Berrettini in Cincinnati. I have a lot of confidence right now thanks to the performances found after Wimbledon."