Frances Tiafoe claims scalps of Hyeon Chung and Denis Shapovalov in one day
Frances Tiafoe’s magical run continues in Delray Beach as he reached his first ATP Tour final with victories over Hyeon Chung and Denis Shapovalov.
With his quarter-final against Chung called off the previous evening because of rain, it meant he played two matches in one day.
He was leading 5-3 in the decider when it started to pour down on Friday, but he had no problems finishing off the Australian Open semi-finalist on Saturday as he secured a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 victory.
That earned him a match against Shapovalov and he was too good for the 18-year-old as he won 7-5, 6-4 in one hour and 11 minutes.
He broke the Canadian in the 11th game of the first set and then raced into a 3-0 lead in the second.
“It’s been a great last couple of weeks,” the American told ATPWorldTour.com. “I’m just trying to keep riding this wave and see where it takes me.”
He added: “As a kid you always want to win your first title and now I have a chance to do it tomorrow. Hopefully I can do it.”
Peter Gojowczyk awaits him in the final after the German beat Steve Johnson 7-6 (7-3), 6-3.
It will be the first time world No 64 Gojowczyk, who is looking for his second singles title, and Tiafoe will meet in an ATP Tour match.
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