Favorite Novak Djokovic confidently advanced to the semi-finals of the US Open. The second-placed Serbian had only minor problems against American Taylor Fritz in the third set, but he won after two hours and 35 hours, 6:1.6:4.6:4. His next opponent is Ben Chilton, another player from the host country.
Chilton pulls off the next upset. The 20-year-old won the stunning American quarter-final duel with Frances Tiafoe 6:2, 3:6, 7:6 (9:7), 6:2 on Wednesday night. In his second Grand Slam tournament in New York, Shilton is in the top four for the first time, and is a big contender for 16-year-old Serbian Djokovic. He reached the semi-finals of the US Open for the thirteenth time, defeating American Taylor Fritz 6:1, 6:4, 6:4.
Tiafoe, 25, entered the top four in New York for the first time last year but fell short of his favorite role against Chilton in the 25-plus-degree heat and high humidity. In a match at different levels, both American professionals went on the offensive, showing first-class winning shots, but they also committed many errors. “It was an emotional battle. It couldn’t be better,” said Shilton, looking forward to meeting Djokovic.
Shortly before the match began, Tiafoe emphasized the special significance of the first quarter-final between two African-American men in a Grand Slam tournament in the professional era. “It’s a big night for a lot of reasons, obviously two Americans, two African Americans. I think it’s a big night for people of color who look up to me and Ben and know they can be in this situation too.”
Tiafoe had previously described the match as a “very colossal moment” for this reason. The term people of color means people who are not seen as white or Western and who have experienced racism.
This was Fritz’s eighth defeat in the eighth duel with Etoile. Going into the quarterfinals, the ninth-ranked American professional had not dropped a set during the tournament, dropping serve just once. In the first set alone, Djokovic pulled off three breaks against the crowd favourite. In the third round, the second in the world ranking, who will take first place again after the tournament, fluctuated several times, but in the end he triumphed confidently.
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