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US Open: Frances Tiafoe defeats Rafael Nadal

Twenty-two-time grand slam champion, Rafael Nadal has been knocked out in the fourth round of the US Open by American, Frances Tiafoe at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, New York.

In the match which lasted more than 3 hours and 30 minutes, Tiafoe defeated Nadal 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 on Monday night, September 5. 

Tiafoe, 24, is the youngest American man to get this far in the US Open since a then-24-year-old Andy Roddick made it to finals in 2006.

Nadal, 36, recorded his first loss in a grand slam event this year and is now 22-1 this season.

The Spaniard won the Australian Open and French Open before withdrawing from Wimbledon in July before his scheduled semifinal showdown with Australian Nick Kyrgios.

“The difference is easy,” Nadal said afterward. “I played a bad match and he played a good match. At the end that’s it.

Nadal said Tiafoe played more solidly than in previous matches between to defeat him.

Editing by Omotola Oguneye