Frances Tiafoe is having a breakthrough 12 months on the tour. The US Open semifinalist achieved a brand new career-high rating of No. 17 after beating Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic in straight units within the quarterfinals of the 2022 Rakuten Japan Open on Friday.
In a post-match interview, Tiafoe stated that profitable was changing into a behavior for him. He, nevertheless, harassed the necessity to not be complacent earlier than including that there was “extra work to do.”
“Beating the fellows you’re presupposed to beat. That is all the time been my Achilles heel. Successful is extra of a behavior now – I would like increasingly. I do not get complacent after profitable a few matches. I wanna actually go deep and play on loads of Sundays. I am completely satisfied however we obtained extra work to do,” Tiafoe stated.
“I used to be actually stable from the beginning” – Frances Tiafoe on his victory over Miomir Kecmanovic
Throughout his press conference after beating Kecmanovic, an elated Frances Tiafoe analyzed his efficiency.
“I used to be actually stable from the beginning. I used to be transferring rather well, I hit the ball effectively from the again of the court docket. I made it actually robust for Miomir as we speak,” Tiafoe stated. “He performed some nice tennis. I used to be fortunate sufficient to get it accomplished in straight units. Performances like this are huge.”
The American added that whereas he was completely satisfied to have attained a brand new career-high rating, his essential goal was to win the “largest titles.”
“It is cool. My rating’s getting in the precise path… The work’s lastly paying off,” he continued. “To be brutally trustworthy, my rating is cool and every little thing, however I simply need to win the most important titles on this planet. Wherever my rating sits is nice, however I do know what I am able to.”
Tiafoe, who will sq. off towards Kwon Soon-woo for a spot within the ultimate of the Rakuten Japan Open, known as the South Korean a “nice participant.”
“Kwon is a superb participant. He is been taking part in rather well this week,” he added.