Frances Tiafoe suggests Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are to blame for the lack of American Grand Slam success in recent years but he feels that will soon change.
The United States have a rich tennis history but they haven’t had a male Grand Slam champion since Andy Roddick, who won his first and lone Grand Slam title at the 2003 US Open.
The United States currently have 14 male players ranked inside the top-100 and Tiafoe feels an American will make a Grand Slam breakthrough in the near future.
“Yeah, again, that question is asked so much. It’s like I dont think it’s a flag issue. I think it’s a Novak, Rafa, Federer issue. You know, I mean, I think they are a big problem for everyone. I think we are all playing some great tennis. It’s only a matter of time. I mean, draws are opening up more and more. You know, I mean, I see someone making semi, final, maybe winning one next couple of years. Why not?” Tiafoe explained, per Sportskeeda.
Tiafoe only has one Grand Slam quarterfinal
Tiafoe, 24, had a good run at the 2019 Australian Open, when he reached his first and lone Grand Slam quarterfinal.
At the US Open and Wimbledon, Tiafoe has been able to reach the last-16.
The French Open is the Grand Slam where Tiafoe has had the least success as he has never made it past the second round at the tournament.
Earlier this year, top-ranked American Taylor Fritz defeated Rafael Nadal in the Indian Wells Masters final.
At this past Wimbledon, Fritz made the quarterfinal before losing to Rafael Nadal.
Fritz was playing great at Wimbledon and some felt he might go all the way.
Unfortunately for Fritz and the American tennis community, Fritz was beaten by Nadal in a five-set quarterfinal.
It remains to be seen if Tiafoe, Fritz, or any other American can win this year’s US Open.