Frances Tiafoe (21) is a member of the new generation of American tennis. This year at the Australian Open he became the youngest American quarter-finalist since 2003 (when Andy Roddick reached that stage at Wimbledon). His contribution to the Davis Cup team began in 2018, in the semi-finals against Croatia, losing the last and decisive match against Borna Coric in five sets. The man who always smiles hopes to strike a blow in Madrid.
What is your first memory of the Davis Cup?
I saw the United States winning the title in 2007, with Andy (Roddick), James (Blake) and the Bryans in the team. It was something very special for us as it is the last time we won the Davis Cup.
You made your debut in the team in the 2018 semi-finals against Croatia…
Yes, I played but I don't want to remember it, it broke my heart... no, it was an unbelievable experience. My first Davis Cup, that fifth match was decisive ... something I will never forget but I hope the next time I face that situation I will win.
What do you feel when you compete for your country?
A lot of emotions. You want to win. It means more than any other tournament because you have the whole team behind you, the country, everybody working for you, and you want to do it for them.
What does it mean for the United States to be in the Davis Cup Madrid Finals?
It's a big deal for us. It’s been a long time. I think we have a good group of guys that can do damage. We hope to stay healthy until that late in the season, and then really push for it.
"It's a great achievement for us to be in Madrid because we haven't fought for the title for a long time."
And what do you expect from your fans in Madrid?
I want them to come and watch! We know that we play during Thanksgiving week (one of the most traditional holidays in the United States) but we hope they come to see us, support us and give us that extra boost - and hopefully we will win.
Who would be happiest if you win the Davis Cup?
I think all my friends back home! Anything good for America they love, so I think all my friends back home would love it.
Complete the sentence: "If I win the Davis Cup ..."
If I win the Davis Cup I will go for a big party when we return to the United States.
What is your favourite Spanish food?
I'm going to say tapas. I like them more and more every day…
You can try to prepare them when you're home…
Hahaha...well, maybe I'll try.
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