Halys downs Tiafoe in US Open juniors semifinal


Tiafoe nearly pulled off upset in US Open junior semifinal on Saturday

Revenge was in his grasp.

No. 6 seed Francis Tiafoe nearly overcame a shaky first set but fell short to No. 5 Quentin Halys in the semifinals of the US Open junior tournament, 2-6, 6-3, 6-7(6-8).

The two met last year at the US Open juniors with Hayls winning in dominant fashion, 6-0, 6-2.  In the early going, it looked to be a repeat performance for the Frenchman.  Halys set the tone with twisting serves, consistent groundstrokes and strong net play.  Tiafoe was unnerved by his lack of production and subsequently launched a ball over the Court 17 stadium in disgust after losing the first set.

Tiafoe was down early in the second as Halys was staked to a 3-2 lead.  But then there was a momentum shift.  In response to Halys’ erratic tosses that caused him to re-set his serve on several occasions, Tiafoe shouted, “Just serve!”.  The incident seemed to spur the 16-year-old American as he rattled off four straight games.  Halys atrocious serving provided another window of opportunity as he served a paltry 37% and had seven double faults in the second frame alone (he had a startling 15 double faults in the match).

At 1-2 in the third, Tiafoe was perturbed after a delayed let call.  He went into a tailspin afterwards and lost seven of the next eight points.  He finally settled down and started to rip his patented fireball forehand that pushed Halys from doubles alley to doubles alley.  The match then started to mirror the Djokovic-Nishikori semifinal tilt occurring a stones throw away in Arthur Ashe Stadium.  A tiebreaker was destined to settle the duel.  Hayles saved one match point then secured the victory when Tiafoe dumped a return in the net.  He fell to the ground in elation as Tiafoe chucked his racquet into the net.

Match Stats

Francis Tiafoe


Quentin Hayles


Double Faults


52/92 (57%)

1st Serves In

65/111 (59%)

29/52 (56%)

1st Serve Points Won

42/65 (65%)

7/16 (44%)

Break Points Won

7/12 (58%)


Unforced Errors



Total Points Won



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