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How Frances Tiafoe went from sleeping at a tennis center to the US Open semifinals

After stunning 22-time grand slam champion Rafael Nadal to reach the US Open quarterfinal on Monday, Frances Tiafoe threw his racket on the floor and covered his face in amazement.

It felt like a seminal moment in the 24-year-old American’s career; a culmination of hard work and raw talent which has long been heralded as the potential future of men’s tennis in the country.

Now, with Tiafoe reaching the semifinals by beating Andrey Rublev in straight sets Wednesday 7-6 7-6 6-4, he has recorded the best grand slam result of his career — the achievement made all the more impressive given his humble beginnings.



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