Tiafoe Triumphs, Blasts United States Into United Cup Final Four

  • Posted: Jan 04, 2023

Tiafoe Triumphs, Blasts United States Into United Cup Final Four

United States holds unassailable 3-1 lead against Great Britain

Team United States sealed its spot in the United Cup Final Four Wednesday when Frances Tiafoe rallied past Daniel Evans 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 to give his nation an unassailable 3-1 lead against Great Britain in the Sydney City Final.

Walking onto court with the United States leading 2-1, Tiafoe showcased his all-court game to improve to 3-0 on the season. The World No. 19 timed his forehand cleanly to pull Evans around and he looked comfortable moving forward, clinically finishing points at the net on Ken Rosewall Arena.

In a tense deciding set, Tiafoe kept up his intensity and aggression in the crucial moments to frustrate Evans, earning the decisive break in the fifth game. With his two-hour, 11-minute win, the 24-year-old increased his ATP Head2Head series lead against World No. 27 Evans to 4-2.

Tiafoe has won all three matches he has played this season, also beating Czech Republic’s Tomas Machac and Germany’s Oscar Otte.

The United Cup Final Four commences in Sydney on Friday. The best runner-up from across the three City Finals will also progress to Ken Rosewall Arena.

Earlier, World No. 3 Jessica Pegula had given the United States a 2-1 lead when she produced a masterclass display to defeat Harriet Dart 6-2, 6-0 in 57 minutes.

“I think Madi really set the tone with her match,” Pegula said. “I think I did everything really well today. I could feel it. Some days you come out firing and you feel really good. I was honestly trying to settle myself down because I was seeing the ball really well today.”

In the afternoon session, Madison Keys moved her nation ahead after rallying from a set down to defeat Katie Swan 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. World No. 14 Cameron Norrie had the perfect response, putting Great Britain on the board with a clutch 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 win against World No. 9 Taylor Fritz.

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