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Maryland’s Frances Tiafoe loses in fourth round of U.S. Open for second year in a row

NEW YORK — Frances Tiafoe of Maryland lost Sunday night in the fourth round of the U.S. Open for the second straight year.

Tiafoe, 23, a native of Riverdale in Prince George’s County and a product of the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park who is ranked 50th in the world, fell, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (6), 6-4, to No. 12 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime, who reached the quarterfinals for the first time with the help of 24 aces.

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A year ago, Tiafoe lost in the fourth round, 6-4, 6-1, 6-0, to Daniil Medvedev. His best showing at a major is a quarterfinal appearance at the 2019 Australian Open.

Frances Tiafoe of Riverdale lost, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (6), 6-4, to Felix Auger-Aliassime, of Canada in the fourth round of the U.S. Open on Sunday in New York.
Frances Tiafoe of Riverdale lost, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (6), 6-4, to Felix Auger-Aliassime, of Canada in the fourth round of the U.S. Open on Sunday in New York. (FRANK FRANKLIN II/AP)

Auger-Aliassime had never reached the final eight at any Grand Slam tournament until Wimbledon in July, a month before he turned 21 on Aug. 8.

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Now the Canadian is the youngest man to reach consecutive major quarterfinals since Juan Martin del Potro made it to three straight in 2008-2009.

Auger-Aliassime will go up against unseeded 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz of Spain on Tuesday for a semifinal berth.

“At some point, age is just a number,” Auger-Aliassime said when asked about Alcaraz. “He already feels like a player that is established.”

No. 12 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada had 24 aces Sunday night.
No. 12 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada had 24 aces Sunday night. (FRANK FRANKLIN II/AP)
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