Andrey Rublev breaks down in tears in devastating scenes at US Open

Russian tennis star Andrey Rublev broke down in tears during his match against American Francis Tiafoe in gut-wrenching scenes during the US Open quarter-finals.

Tiafoe backed up his victory over Rafa Nadal with a straight-sets victory over Rublev to become the first American man to reach the US Open semi-finals for 16 years.

Not since Andy Roddick in 2006 has a home player reached the last four in the men’s singles, and Tiafoe is attempting to become the first home champion since Roddick won his only slam title in 2003.

Tiafoe pulled off another victory in front of an adoring home crowd.

However, the atmosphere became too much for Rublev in the final stages of the match.

At 4-3 in the third, Rublev was seen on his chair during the changeover in tears.

Rublev was biting down on a tennis ball in anguish, before crying into his towel.

Having endured a tough few months on the court, Rublev would have been ruing the chance to reach a grand slam semi-final.

Despite a raucous home crowd willing Tiafoe through to the semi-final, fans felt for Rublev during the tough scenes.

Francis Tiafoe on the verge of US Open history

Tiafoe praised the American crowd after helping him over the line for his maiden grand slam appearance.

“This is wild, this is crazy,” said Tiafoe.

“Biggest win of my life, coming out and getting another big win. It’s huge growth. It’s tough to turn a page but I did and now I’m in the semis.

“I feel so at home on courts like this. I want to play, I want to give my best. Let’s enjoy this one but we’ve got two more guys.”

American tennis has been desperate for its next male grand slam singles champion, and Tiafoe’s victory over Nadal was hailed as the biggest result for the home nation on the men’s side in New York since James Blake defeated the Spaniard back in 2005.

Frances Tiafoe (pictured) celebrates his victory over Andrey Rublev at the US Open.
Frances Tiafoe (pictured) has reached his maiden grand slam semi-final. (Photo by Cynthia Lum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

His family could not afford lessons or equipment but he played when he could and was taken under the wing of a coach who saw his potential and put him on the path to the professional game.

Tiafoe, who was sent a good luck message by the president of Sierra Leone, made Nadal look sluggish with his powerful ball-striking and willingness to come forward and he was terrific in the big moments against Rublev.

He saved a set point in the 12th game of the opening set before playing two superb tie-breaks, especially the second one, where he did not lose a point.

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