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Frances Tiafoe says celebration was nod to LeBron James

Frances Tiafoe says celebration was nod to LeBron James

"It's just how bad you want it and I want it really bad".

For Tiafoe, it helped that Anderson's best attribute, his intimidating serve, slowed down along the way because of problems with his right arm.

Tiafoe broke back and then gradually wrestled control of the match with his ability to neutralise Anderson's first serve while taking advantage on the South African's second serve.

Francis Tiafoe caused a massive upset when he knocked out fifth seed Kevin Anderson in the second round of the Australian Open yesterday.

Tiafoe staged a remarkable comeback from a set and 0-3 down on Wednesday against the Wimbledon finalist, to whom he lost three times past year, reports Efe.

But Tiafoe ended a six-match losing streak against top-10 opponents and is now into the third round at a major for the second time, equaling his best showing.

"I knew he was going to make me play a tough game".

Kevin Anderson, left congratulates Frances Tiafoe after their second round clash.

Katie Boulter beaten by Aryna Sabalenka at the Australian Open
Konta said: 'She is a great player. "I went and saw Sabalenka play on Monday". 'I just focus on each match. As the spectators refused to give up the headband security officials were forced to intervene.

Fritz's U.S. roommate in Melbourne, Mackenzie Macdonald, tested last year's finalist Marin Cilic before exiting 7-5 6-7 (9-11) 6-4 6-4.

Cilic hasn't lost at Melbourne Park to anyone ranked as low as McDonald since 2007.

Anderson was however sent out by Frances Tiafoe, who overcame the loss of the first set to complete a four-set win.

The Wimbledon finalist took a medical time-out mid-way through the four-set match before becoming the highest ranked player to be ousted from the first major of the year. Elsewhere, defending women's champion Caroline Wozniacki eased past Johanna Larsson 6-1 6-3, with 17-time grand slam victor Rafael Nadal and five-time champ Maria Sharapova seeing action in the night session against Matt Ebden and Rebecca Peterson, respectively. I went to a different place. I get to play again. "I can't tell you how many times I watched Monfils" highlight reel on YouTube, just growing up.

Meanwhile, the man who put out Isner in the first round, Reilly Opelka, all 213cm of him, was cut down to size by 173cm Thomas Fabbiano 6-7 (15) 6-2 6-4 3-6 7-6 (5).

The 21-year-old Harris, who qualified for the main draw, was beaten 6-1, 6-2, 6-1 by the 15th-seeded Russian.

Kimberly Birrell awaits for Kerber in the next round after the Australian wildcard upset 29th seed Donna Vekic of Croatia 6-4, 4-6, 6-1. Federer, bidding for three in a row in Melbourne and what would be a record seventh overall, progressed thanks to a hard-fought 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 win on the main Rod Laver Arena against Britain's Dan Evans.


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