Roger Federer was expected to breeze through the first round of the U.S. Open on Tuesday night, but American newcomer Frances Tiafoe had other ideas.
The 19-year-old took the third seed favorite through a challenging five-set battle at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, before Federer finally held him off.
While the eight-time Wimbledon champion survived to advance to the next round, it was Tiafoe who had both the crowd and social media on its feed applauding him.
“Many call Tiafoe the future of American tennis. Deservedly so tonight!” one Twitter user wrote.
“Tiafoe is the future we deserve,” said another.
Originally from Maryland and the son of immigrants from Sierra Leone, Tiafoe now lives and
Following his 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 win over Tiafoe, 36-year-old Federer will now face the winner of the match between Mikhail Youzhny and Blaz Kavcic, which was postponed due to
See the Twitter frenzy about the epic match below.
Tiafoe is the future we deserve! #usopen
— M. Scott Bone (@mscottbone) August 30, 2017
Many call Tiafoe the future of American tennis. Deservedly so tonight! No USA men's singles titles since Andy Roddick almost 15 years ago.
— Jason Dusett (@whec_jdusett) August 30, 2017
This is true. I was saying earlier I hoped Tiafoe would win at least one set. He won two. He should be proud. He played well
— Shanna ???? (@PinaCocoblog) August 30, 2017
Tiafoe was electric tonight. Reminded me of when my eyes were opened by Zverev and Theim earlier this year. Bright futures.
— Jeff Barlis (@JeffBarlis) August 30, 2017
Tiafoe gained a lot of fans with his performance and poise tonight…excited to see him play and build on this in future slams.
— JT Swizzleberry (@juntunen_james) August 30, 2017
— Zach Rastall (@zrastall17) August 30, 2017
????Roger Federer GOAT never count him out but too early on the tournament for 5 sets…my heart. Tiafoe amazing the new generation is coming ????
— Heidi DM (@Heidi_shaparra) August 30, 2017
These first few days of the #Usopen2017 have been surprisingly fun. Sure Fed wasn't exactly himself. But Tiafoe battled til the end.
— Ade Adeniji (@DerekAdeniji) August 30, 2017
American sports fans are so uninformed. Tiafoe has been here for a few years. Now bc of this you are all woke?? PAY ATTENTION
— Jack B (@Steelersin2016) August 30, 2017