Frances Tiafoe was hit with a warning for an audible obscenity as he ranted at the umpire after getting broken in the fourth set. US Open organisers decided to close the roof ahead of some expected rain after a blunder earlier in the day, and play continued while it was closing. But the 22nd seed was left feeling short-change when he got broken by Rafael Nadal as he was forced to serve through its closure.
Nadal and Tiafoe were level at 1-1 in the fourth set with the American leading by two-sets-to-one when organisers decided to close the Arthur Ashe Stadium roof in anticipation of rain. It was the second seed who initially looked unhappy with the decision as he shrugged in the direction of his players’ box, who were shouting at him to get some coffee.
But both men played on as the roof shut, with the world No 26 during during the four-to-six minute process of closing the roof. Tiafoe could be seen approaching the umpire to complain about the distracting noise of the roof mid-game, and eventually found himself facing break points.
The four-time champion in Flushing Meadows was able to take advantage and break his opponent’s serve during the distraction of the roof, and Tiafoe ranted to chair umpire Carlos Bernardes at the change of ends as he sat down trailing by a break.
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