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He surely got the attention of the casual fan with his performance. While Tiafoe has long been known in hardcore tennis circles as a prospect on the rise, Tuesday night was his real coming out party. He's got all the thunderous power required of the modern player and a blinding and distinctly snapping forehand that gave Federer fits for most of the night.
The kid is firing freaking laser beams pic.twitter.com/jeCrvJs42d— Mark Armstrong (@ArmstrongABC11) August 30, 2017
What you maybe didn't know is that Tiafoe appeared here in the Triangle last year, playing in the Atlantic Tire Championships in Cary.
I spoke with Tiafoe then about his storybook background and hopeful rise to the top of the game:
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Competing with the very best will continue to open eyes, and the next step for Tiafoe is winning those matches.
That's something I imagine starts happening sooner than later.