After more than five hours of fighting and after having two sets of advantage, Pablo Carreño fell to Nishikori (6-7) [8/10], 4-6, 7-6 [7/4], 6-4 and 7-6 [10/8]). Son of a bitch, you bastard, he yelled at the chair umpire. It was frustration. He was "robbed" of a ball he had ordered in Hawkeye and it proved to be good. But the Japanese followed the play, won the point, and the chair judge gave it, instead of repeating, which is what had to have happened. It was a key moment of the last super "tie break", with 8-5 in favor of Spanish. Then, after the shower, cold, Carreño apologized: "It was a totally unfortunate reaction on my part and out of place," he said. Neither injustice served to justify his attitude.
The fact is that the gijonés could not accompany in the quarterfinals to Bautista and Nadal, that on Tuesday (11:00, approximately, Eurosport) will see them with one of the young promises of the circuit. Who is Frances Tiafoe, the rival of number two in the world? An American with humble roots and a scary body. The latter has shown in Melbourne after each victory, some of them against top players like the South African Anderson or the Bulgarian Dimitrov: he takes off his shirt, shows his muscles and hits his biceps and imitates the gestures of the NBA player LeBron James, whom he idolizes. His is a story of overcoming the many that sport offers. His parents fled the war in Sierra Leone and settled in the United States. The mother worked as a nurse and the father was the maintenance manager of the USTA Tennis Regional Center in Maryland, which he had also helped build. There they were born Frances and her twin brother Franklin, there they slept, in the same club, and there she started playing tennis at five years old. It was not an easy life, but … "I told my parents 10 years ago that I would be able to do something like that. That would change their lives and mine. Now I'm in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam with 21. I can not believe it, "he said after beating Dimitrov. At 15 years old, in 2013, breaking a record of precocity, he won the Orange Bowl, the best junior tournament in the world. With 17 already played in the main draw of a Grand Slam, Roland Garros, and at 20 he won his first title, that of Delray Beach. «Tiafoe is growing, so you do not know where your limit is, and you come with confidence too, so it will be dangerous», analyzed in Eurosport Carlos Moya, Nadal's coach, to whom Tiafoe challenged: «Be prepared», after to admit: "He's going to make me run like crazy."