Carlos Alcaraz defeats Francis Tiafoe in five sets to reach the US Open final | 2022 US Open Tennis

Carlos Alcaraz is one win away from his first Grand Slam title – and world number one – after beating American Frances Tiafoe in the US Open semi-finals in five sets on Friday night.

The 19-year-old Spaniard and outstanding baller, whose impressive shots and relentless hustle have made him the new face of the sport, came from behind at 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-3 thriller to book a place in Sunday’s final against fifth seed Kasper Rudd, who Fight Karen Khachanov In the first semi-final today.

Facing an opponent brimming with confidence and a raucous crowd of nearly 24,000 spectators in the American corner, Alvarez delivered in one moment of pressure after another, adding to his reputation as the best teenager in men’s tennis since Rafael Nadal nearly two decades ago.

For over four hours Alcaraz and Tiafoe traded hellfire at the core physical gatherings and tested their vast mobility to the limit in dazzling cat-and-mouse exchanges that covered every inch of the playing field. But it was Alcaraz, seeded No. 3, whose previous two matches lasted nearly 10 hours and each finished just after 2 a.m. local time, who took the final kick for the champions by winning four of their last five games after holding a match point in the fourth.

The 24-year-old from Hyatsville, Maryland, ranked 22nd, was the first American man to reach the US Open semi-finals since Andy Roddick in 2006 and has been trying to become the first black American man to reach a major final since then. Malevay Washington at Wimbledon in 1996.

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“I’ve given him everything I have tonight and I’ve given him everything I have for the past two weeks,” emotional Tiafoe said afterwards. “I will come back and win this thing one day.”

Alcaraz, who was the youngest player to reach a men’s Grand Slam semi-final since Nadal at the 2005 French Open, became the second teenager to reach the US Open men’s final in the professional era after Pete Sampras in 1990.

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