Tennis’s Most Successful Women’s Player Might Have Already Lost Her Title

American Frances Tiafoe upsets Rafael Nadal in 4th round of US Open NEW YORK (AP) — When the second set was finished, it had no winners and no points, but it had its own…

Tennis's Most Successful Women's Player Might Have Already Lost Her Title

American Frances Tiafoe upsets Rafael Nadal in 4th round of US Open

NEW YORK (AP) — When the second set was finished, it had no winners and no points, but it had its own peculiarities.

On serve, the ball stayed put, as if a switch had gone on inside it and turned on itself for an extra moment — a switch that would keep on turning in the next point.

Nadal had no answer this time, and lost a point on the third serve, too.

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The ball stayed where it was supposed to, and the last points went to no one.

But at the end of the first set, Frances Tiafoe was standing in a box at the net, a small sign of respect in his corner. He knew, with Nadal having no answer, that he couldn’t afford to go down here, much less beat him.

At the end of the second, Nadal had his first break, only to get another one in a flash.

Tiafoe, meanwhile, had a different problem than Nadal. Tiafoe still had everything: an incredible serve, a booming forehand down the line, a dangerous backhand and a powerful forehand return that would keep him in the match.

Tiafoe, who is from Texas, had done it all in the biggest matches and championships, all at a time when tennis was at a peak and his name was one of this country’s most famous. He was one of the best tennis players in the world, yet he faced the highest seed in the tournament here, one of the hottest players in recent memory and one of the most dominant to date in the sport.

Tennis’s most successful women’s player might have already lost her title.

Instead, she has advanced to the third round of a major, moving her to 14-3 from three sets in her last four matches.

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She faced a different type of opponent, too. She had to get a big serve on. Nadal, an overwhelming presence with a great serve, could match Tiafoe’s speed. And so it was the serve that

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