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Aus Open Player Frances Tiafoe Breaks Down In Emotional Post-Match Interview

American tennis player Frances Tiafoe couldn't hold back tears in front of a packed Melbourne crowd after winning the biggest match of his career.

It's a birthday present not many others will ever receive -- a ticket to the Australian Open quarter-final against Rafael Nadal -- and the newly-turned 21-year-old knows it.

After celebrating in trademark style, removing his shirt, screaming and slapping his chest and bicep, Tiafoe was overcome with emotion during his post-match interview.

“It means the world. I work my a--- off, man,” he said.

“I told my parents 10 years ago I was going to be a pro, I was going to do this. I was going to change their life, I was going to change my life.

“I can’t believe it.”

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Tiafoe, ranked No. 39 in the world, overcame a third-set blip to beat the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov seed 7-5 7-6 (8-6) 6-7 (1-7) 7-5 on Sunday.

His birthday victory guarantees him a minimum $460,000 prize packet and the chance to take down Nadal, the world's No. 2.