Sports World Reacts To Shock Upset As American Frances Tiafoe Becomes First Player To Beat Rafa Nadal At 2022 Major

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Rafael Nadal had been unbeatable in major championships in 2022. The tennis legend was 22-0 heading into his US Open fourth-round showdown with young American star Frances Tiafoe.

The keyword there is “was.” As the 24-year-old from Hyattsville, Maryland pulled off a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 upset victory over the legendary Spaniard. The entire sports world took time to stop and recognize the incredible accomplishment.

He even had some famous fans in attendance.

The crowd in Flushing Meadows was equally excited.

At a time where American tennis fans are saying goodbye to one superstar in Serena Williams, they may just be seeing the next generation of them in Tiafoe and Coco Gauff.

This is a moment Tiafoe has been training for his entire life. Including his first trip to the US Open when a 16-year-old Frances Tiafoe got the opportunity to practice with a then 28-year-old Rafa Nadal.

Talk about coming full circle.