US Open Day 8: Tiafoe Stuns Nadal; Alcaraz Beats Cilic

By Reuters
September 6, 2022 Updated: September 6, 2022

Frances Tiafoe produced one of the biggest upsets at the U.S. Open after stunning 22-times Grand Slam champion Rafa Nadal in the fourth round, while Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz battled past Marin Cilic in a late-night thriller on Monday.

Home hope Tiafoe, 24, pulled off a 6–4, 4–6, 6–4, 6–3 victory to hand Nadal his first Grand Slam loss this year after the Spaniard withdrew from his Wimbledon semifinal with an abdominal injury.

“I don’t even know what to say right now, I’m beyond happy, I’m almost in tears,” said Tiafoe, who will face Andrey Rublev in the quarterfinals after the Russian shrugged off a rain delay to breeze past Cameron Norrie in straight sets.

Alcaraz, last year’s quarterfinalist, remained on course for another memorable run at Flushing Meadows after squeezing past 2014 champion Cilic 6–4, 3–6, 6–4, 4–6, 6–3 to set up a showdown against Jannik Sinner.

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Carlos Alcaraz of Spain reaches for a forehand against Marin Cilic (Croatia) (not pictured) on day eight of the 2022 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Flushing, New York on Sept. 5, 2022. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)

Italian 11th seed Sinner also needed five sets to hold off unseeded Belarusian Ilya Ivashka 6–1, 5–7, 6–2, 4–6, 6–3 in a grueling match and reach his third Grand Slam quarterfinal this season.

Earlier, world number one Iga Swiatek recovered from a set and a break down to see off her 108th-ranked German opponent Jule Niemeier 2–6 6–4 6–0.

Swiatek will take on in-form Jessica Pegula for a place in the semifinals.

Pegula became the second American woman to reach the last eight after brushing aside twice Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6–3, 6–2, before her compatriot Danielle Collins fell 3–6, 6–3, 6–2 to sixth seed Aryna Sabalenka.

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Aryna Sabalenka after beating Danielle Collins of the United States on day eight of the 2022 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, in Flushing, New York on Sept. 5, 2022. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)