NEW YORK — Frances Tiafoe ended Rafael Nadal’s 22-match winning streak at Grand Slam tournaments by beating the 22-time major champion 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the US Open’s fourth round on Monday.
Tiafoe is a 24-year-old from Maryland who is seeded 22nd at Flushing Meadows and reached the second major quarterfinal of his career. He is the youngest American man to get that far at the US Open since Andy Roddick in 2006.
Nadal won the Australian Open in January and the French Open in June. Then he made it to the semifinals at Wimbledon in July before withdrawing from that tournament because of a torn abdominal muscle; that does not go into the books as a loss, because he pulled out before the match.
Nadal was 31-2 in majors against Americans entering Monday’s match and had won 27 straight since losing to James Blake in 2005.
Marin Cilic is the last remaining major champion left in the men’s draw. If he loses to the heavily favored Carlos Alcaraz, it will be only the third time in the Open Era (1968) that a men’s major tournament has a quarterfinal lineup without an ex-champion.
Tiafoe will next face No. 9 Andrey Rublev, who reached his sixth Grand Slam quarterfinal by beating No. 7 Cam Norrie 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. Rublev is into his third quarterfinal at Flushing Meadows; he is 0-2 at that stage in New York — and 0-5 at all majors.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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