The next generation of top American players have fought hard against Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer at Grand Slams. Tiafoe broke through to win 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

This happens in almost every Grand Slam. A so-called next-generation American male begins to look dangerous, raising hopes for a breakthrough.

Then one of those familiar foes shatters their dream of winning the biggest trophy in sports.

Americans have been close lately, which makes failure harder to swallow.

Taylor Fritz said he wanted to cry in his courtside chair when he lost to Rafael Nadal in a fifth-set tiebreaker in the Wimbledon quarterfinals this summer.

Frances Tiafoe emerged at the US Open on Monday in a way that surpassed other top Americans of her generation