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Frances Tiafoe defeats Diego Schwartzman in straight sets to reach the fourth round of the US Open.

Tiafoe Ousts Schwartzman, To Face Nadal Next

Sinner defeats Nakashima

Frances Tiafoe loves the biggest stages and challenges in tennis. The American might get just that on Monday at the US Open.

The 22nd seed saved five set points in the first set before defeating 14th seed Diego Schwartzman 7-6(7), 6-4, 6-4 to reach the fourth round at Flushing Meadows, where he will play Rafael Nadal.

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Tiafoe is the first American man to reach the fourth round at the US Open in three consecutive years since Mardy Fish accomplished the feat from 2010-12. He will try to advance to his second Grand Slam quarter-final.  

It was a clean match for Tiafoe, who hit 45 winners to just 34 unforced errors and converted eight of the 18 break points he won. The home favourite levelled his ATP Head2Head series with Schwartzman after three hours and two minutes.

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The key inside Louis Armstrong Stadium came in the first set, which Schwartzman led 5-2. The Argentine served for the set three times and held two set points serving at 5-4. On both points, he made unforced errors. Schwartzman earned another three points at 6/3 in the tie-break, but was unable to convert any of them. Tiafoe took full advantage and never relinquished the momentum from there.

"I thought it was a hell of a match. Especially that first set, one of the craziest sets I've played in my career," Tiafoe said. "It had everything in it. Down two breaks, serving again at 6-5, me down 6/3 in the breaker. Unbelievable how I even won the set."

Nadal has won both his previous ATP Head2Head meetings against Tiafoe in straight sets. Those matches came in 2019 at the Australian Open and the Mutua Madrid Open.

In other action, Jannik Sinner rallied past #NextGenATP American Brandon Nakashima 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 to reach the fourth round in New York for the second consecutive year.

In their first ATP Head2Head meeting, the Italian fired 59 winners to advance after three hours and two minutes in a late-night battle on Louis Armstrong Stadium. The 21-year-old will next meet Ilya Ivaskha after the 28-year-old defeated #NextGenATP Italian Lorenzo Musetti 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Sinner, who won his sixth tour-level title in Umag in July, is up to No. 14 in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin. The Italian will look to finish the season strongly as he aims to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals, to be held at the Pala Alpitour in November.

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