American Frances Tiafoe upsets Rafael Nadal in 4th round of US Open 2019 final
The world #1 is on a roll with a 16-match winning streak dating back to the 2019 Open at the Ritz Carlton. The 39 year-old is one of the few ever to defeat Nadal in a Grand Slam final before the Spaniard retires.
Ahead of the final, The Times looked at some of the biggest upsets in the history of Grand Slam tennis and what they have done for the sport. Here is a look at some of the most unexpected Grand Slam finals:
Roger Federer defeated Novak Djokovic at the 2011 Australian Open in an electrifying match that will live long in the memory. The men’s world #1 was leading 7-5 in the second and 10-8 in the third before breaking the record for the greatest comeback in Grand Slam history in the 15th game. Later that year, it was announced that Federer would be inducted in the Sport Hall of Fame.
Coco Gauff overcame Serena Williams in the first round of the 2014 Australian Open, before losing to the No. 1 in straight sets in the second round. In 2017, Gauff reached the third round of the French Open and was eliminated by Karolina Pliskova in the round of 16.
Victoria Azarenka defeated Simona Halep in the first round of the 2016 Australian Open before getting eliminated in the second round by Simona’s sister, Simona Halep, in three sets in Australia.
The women’s world #1 Serena Williams survived a wild match against Caroline Wozniacki at the 2017 Australian Open to reach her first Grand Slam final. In the first set, Williams served for the match at 6-0, only to have Maria Sharapova go on to win the match.
In the quarters, Simona Halep upset No. 1 player of the 2018