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NBA star Bradley Beal insists he ‘couldn’t be prouder’ of friend Frances Tiafoe at US Open

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“This is your time. Embrace being on this podium’: NBA All-Star Bradley Beal insists he ‘couldn’t be prouder’ of his friend Frances Tiafoe as the pair celebrate together at the US Open after his quarterfinal victory

  • Frances Tiafoe defeated Andrey Rublev 7-6, 7-6, 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the US Open
  • He will play either number 3 seed Carlos Alcaraz or number 11 seed Jannik Sinner in the semi-finals
  • Tiafoe is the last American standing and he had plenty of big names looking at him
  • One was his friend and NBA All-Star Bradley Beal, who praised him

Movie stars, athletes, musicians and more were in attendance at the US Open, but Wednesday’s quarterfinals were more than just a contest for one celebrity in particular.

Washington Wizards All-Star Bradley Beale took to the stands to cheer on his good friend Frances Tiafoe, who stunned the crowd in Arthur Ashe when he defeated No. 9 Andrey Rublev in straight sets to secure his spot in the final four.

However, Beal wasn’t too surprised to see his decade-long good friend take the win.

Francis Tiafoe stunned the crowd at Arthur Ashe after meeting Andrey Rublev. defeated, the number 9

After the win, Tiafoe quickly ran for NBA superstar and close friend Bradley Beal.  to hug

After the win, Tiafoe quickly ran for NBA superstar and close friend Bradley Beal. to hug

‘I wouldn’t say’ [this is] unexpected,” he said after they were photographed partying together on the field after the game. “Sure, maybe because of the ranking, but as we told him yesterday while he was enjoying the moment.”

“We said to him, ‘Believe it. Believe you belong here. Believe you’ve worked so hard for this moment.'”

Tiafoe’s moment was beating Rublev 7-6, 7-6, 6-4. It remains to be seen if he will have the same success in the semi-final against the winner of the quarter-final matchup between No. 3 seed Carlos Alcaraz and No. 11 seed Jannik Sinner.

Tiafoe reaches forehand down the baseline during US Open quarterfinals

Tiafoe reaches forehand down the baseline during US Open quarterfinals

Tiafoe becomes the first American since Andy Roddick in 2006 to reach the semifinals of the US Open for men

Tiafoe becomes the first American since Andy Roddick in 2006 to reach the semifinals of the US Open for men

The pair met 10 years ago, when Beal was just starting out with the Wizards. Born in Washington, Tiafoe was a young teenager whose tennis career was still in its infancy.

Since then, Beale has emerged as one of the NBA’s most lethal goalscorers, and Tiafoe is about to etch his name into the record books of American tennis.

“Super excited for him,” Beal added. ‘To see how he’s grown. I met him when I arrived in DC. He was a little kid who stood up to make a name for myself and so did I. I couldn’t be more proud of him.’

Beal watches the quarterfinals men's singles match between Rublev and his friend Tiafoe

Beal watches the quarterfinals men’s singles match between Rublev and his friend Tiafoe

A home player has not made the last four in men’s singles since Andy Roddick in 2006, and Tiafoe is trying to become the first home champion since Roddick won his only slam title in 2003.

Beal, who has a newborn in DC, will be returning home for a few days, but hopes to return to cheer for his friend, and as he enjoyed the game, he expressed his deepest respect during the process.

‘It’s 100 percent’ [different]said Bal. “I have a lot of respect for tennis players and everyone in an individual sport. It is heavy. You can’t talk to your box, you can’t communicate. You have to be locked up for four hours and show intensity. It is at most a thinking game.’

Beal dribbles onto the field for the Wizards in game against the Memphis Grizzlies at Fedex Forum

Beal dribbles onto the field for the Wizards in game against the Memphis Grizzlies at Fedex Forum

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