Frances Tiafoe: 'I Went Crazy' After LeBron James Tweeted at Me Following Nadal Win

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 6, 2022

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Frances Tiafoe had quite the Monday.

First, he defeated all-time great Rafael Nadal in the fourth round of the 2022 U.S. Open in a thrilling four-set showdown.

Then, he got a tweet from the King himself, LeBron James:

LeBron James @KingJames

CONGRATS Young King!!! You earned it! <a href="https://twitter.com/FTiafoe?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@FTiafoe</a> πŸ™πŸΎβœŠπŸΎπŸ€ŽπŸ‘‘ <a href="https://t.co/QQ0Jn7Lotp">https://t.co/QQ0Jn7Lotp</a>

"I was losing it in the locker room about his tweet," Tiafoe said, per JosΓ© Morgado of Record. "I went crazy. That's my guy."

As James said, Tiafoe certainly earned it.

He won 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 while tallying 18 aces and winning 76 percent of his first-service points. He also impressed as a returner, posting multiple breaks as he won the final five games of the fourth set after falling behind 3-1.

Next up is a quarterfinal showdown against No. 9 Andrey Rublev as Tiafoe chases the first major championship of his career.

Even if he doesn't get it, he still has the tweet from James to look back on.


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