Frances Tiafoe’s First Major Final

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

Frances Tiafoe took second place at the U.S. Open but was forced to retire after a hard-fought loss to Jelena Ostapenko in the third round. Now he finds himself with more time on his hands. “You’ve been given a lot of time,” he said.

In less than two weeks, Frances Tiafoe will make his way to Melbourne for his first major final. From there, it’s on to Paris.

What do you do when you’re in a spot where you are still capable of winning the U.S. Open? “All I know is that I’ve been able to put myself in position to win tournaments, and I just have to keep pushing,” he said.

He will have more than four weeks to do just that as he seeks to claim a third successive major title. When he’s not running around the world in training or playing tournaments he enjoys the solitude of his Florida home.

But there are no grand plans to take up those days in his mind. The first stop is the U.S. Open.

That’s where he’ll do what so many other players who have done so much in tennis have done — return the favor by saving a match in one of the biggest finals of the year.

Tiafoe was the second-seeded player in the draw and seeded 13th. She had upset No. 7 Jelena Ostapenko in the third round and was cruising towards victory until she broke in the fifth hole. She’d never conceded the match, however, and Tiafoe broke her with a backhand that found the middle of the net and made the score 1-1.

“I got to

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