Frances Tiafoe produced one of the comebacks of the 2022 season so far at the Millennium Estoril Open on Saturday night, saving three match points on his way to a dramatic victory against Sebastian Korda.
Tiafoe will play Sebastian Baez in the final and the duo have an interesting story about each other. All week long Baez has been 'Why not me?' on cameras after each win. Asked about it, Baez explained that he and his coach saw Tiafoe wearing a bracelet with 'Why not me?' on it and the inspiration came from there. Asked about it, Tiafoe said:
“After he won today, I said ‘Why not me?’ to him again. It’s cool. Any kind of inspiration, that stuff matters, it goes a long way. I think belief in yourself is the biggest thing. It doesn’t matter if everyone else around you doesn’t believe in you. If you don’t believe in yourself, it’s tough to go far in life. Obviously that kid has a lot of belief in himself, but I hope he doesn’t believe too much tomorrow!”
Tiafoe spent a lot of time on the court this week coming close to defeat against each of his opponents. He was down a break in every match but battled back in every one including the final one against Korda where he saved three match points. He joked about it after the match saying that he needs to go to the supermarket and buy himself new legs.
Final starts at 16:30 today.