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Frances Tiafoe tops Jason Kubler in US Open second round

Frances Tiafoe launched the ball into the stands and threw each his fists excessive within the air. 

The Twenty second-seeded American punched his ticket to the third spherical of the U.S. Open by defeating Australia’s Jason Kubler 7-6(3), 7-5, 7-6(2) in a good match on the Grandstand on Thursday night time. 

The second-round matchup was seemingly Tiafoe’s to lose, however Kubler’s regular enchancment as of late made the 29-year-old an intriguing participant heading into the match. Tiafoe will now face the 14th-seeded Diego Schwartzman, who additionally superior with a three-set win over Alexei Popyrin on Thursday. 

“I feel anyone can win,” Tiafoe mentioned after defeating fellow American Marcos Giron on Tuesday earlier than referring to the impact of then-world No. 40 Nick Kyrgios’ runner-up end at Wimbledon. “I imply, anybody who’s actually received the sport.” 

Frances Tiafoe superior to the third spherical of the US Open.
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Equally to the tiebreaker of the primary set, which he secured 7-3, Tiafoe jumped out to a fast 5-1 lead earlier than finally edging Kubler 7-2. Recognized for having an enormous service sport, Tiafoe performed to his energy and received 70 p.c of his first-serve factors. He additionally blasted 13 aces compared to Kubler’s 10 and double faulted solely 3 times. 

Having reached the ATP Houston quarterfinals along with dropping to Sebastian Baez within the title sport of the Estoril Open, Tiafoe has had a comparatively robust season to date. He additionally went on a run to the semifinals of the Atlanta Open and the quarterfinals of the Citi Open. 

Kubler, who has a heavy-hitting model and performs defensively from the baseline, has primarily finished effectively as a doubles participant this season. He reached the blended doubles closing on the Australian Open and the lads’s doubles summit conflict on the Atlanta Open. After his first-round matchup towards Mikael Ymer was suspended attributable to rain on Tuesday, Kubler finally received 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-4. 

A 24-year-old, unseeded Tiafoe memorably superior to the fourth spherical of the U.S. Open in 2020 earlier than he finally misplaced in three straight units to Daniil Medvedev.

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