Frances Tiafoe can’t think of a better way to kickstart his 21st birthday celebrations – a victory over Grigor Dimitrov to book a maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal at the Australian Open on Sunday.
Tiafoe brought down the former world No.3 7-5 7-6(6) 6-7(1) 7-5 to become the first American since Andy Roddick nine years ago to reach the last eight in Melbourne.
It was the perfect coming-of-age gift on a milestone birthday.
The triumph, after three hours and 40 minutes, prompted his bicep and chest thumping LeBron James-inspired celebrations before the crowd broke into a rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’.
It almost fell on deaf ears as he stared in sheer disbelief.