"The crowd made a difference" says Frances Tiafoe after win over Sinner
It wasn't a very good early going for Frances Tiafoe who was utterly outplayed by Jannik Sinner for what should have been the entire match. Sinner served for the match at 5-3 but allowed himself to get outplayed by Tiafoe in the next four games and the entirety of the 3rd set. Tiafoe found an unbelievable level seemingly out of nowhere but after the match, he attributed the win to the crowd:
“It has been a long week for me. I tried to have fun with it and get the crowd involved and could see if he would get a little nervous. I know how to get the crowd behind me, a few jokes and that and then I started to play unbelievably. The crowd made the difference. I felt because of them I started to lock in harder.”
It's been a rather long week for Tiafoe who played in the qualifiers in order to reach the main draw due to the amazing field of players that signed up to play this event. After successfully completing the qualifiers he will have a chance to hoist the trophy tomorrow if he beats Zverev. On playing in the final he said:
“It is huge [to be in the final]. I have played some great tennis all week and now I want to win the tournament."