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Frances Tiafoe downs Andrey Rublev in straight sets, becomes first American man to make US Open semifinals since 2006

NEW YORK -- Frances Tiafoe became the first American man to reach the US Open semifinals since 2006 by beating Andrey Rublev 7-6 (3), 7-6 (0), 6-4 behind the backing of a boisterous partisan crowd in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Wednesday.

Tiafoe, who grew up in Maryland, put on a performance just as strong, if not stronger, than the one the 24-year-old used in the fourth round to eliminate 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal.

"Man, man, this is wild. This is crazy. Had the biggest win of my life 24 hours ago.