Frances Tiafoe advances to US Open round of 16 after not dropping a set

Frances Tiafoe continues his fine form at the US Open as the No. 22 defeats No. 14 seed Diego Schwartzman in straight sets to reach the last 16 – with American yet to lose a set!

Frances Tiafoe entered week two of the US Open with a straight-set win over Diego Schwartzman on Saturday afternoon.

The number 22 upset the number 14 as Louis Armstrong took the lead 7-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Tiafoe has entertained at the Grand Slam tournament and he has found form with the American without dropping a set.

Frances Tiafoe entered week two of the US Open with a straight-set win

Frances Tiafoe entered week two of the US Open with a straight-set win

The 24-year-old meets the winner of the matchup between Rafael Nadal and Richard Gasquet at Arthur Ashe on Saturday night.

Tiafoe followed her fellow American, Jessica Pegula, to the next round after defeating qualifier Yuan Yue 6-2, 6-7(6), 6-0 earlier in the day.

The 28-year-old No. 8 in line tuned in from her hotel room for Serena Williams’ final match the night before her win.

“Of course I watched Serena. I’m like everyone else,” she said.

“You’re kind of sad, that’s how it ends. But, I don’t know how I got a little sentimental too, watching her get emotional.

Pegula had missed a chance to end the win half an hour earlier when she failed to convert her match point but quickly regrouped.

Pegula started her Grand Slam career with a 3-8. Since then she has won 22-7, including runs to the quarterfinals at the Australian Open the last two years and the French Open this year.

The 28-year-old American, whose parents own the NFL’s Buffalo Bills and the NHL’s Buffalo Sabers, arrived at Flushing Meadows on Saturday with a 2-0 record in third-round games, including a loss to Petra Kvitova in the year 2020. She gets another Monday shot at her.

“Petra is so difficult to play. I have a feeling when it’s on it blows you off your seat. And then sometimes she can be gone. .. She is a fighter. When it clicks it’s really difficult,” said Pegula, then added confidently, “I think I’m a much better player now than I was the last time I played her.”

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Maureen Mackey

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