Carlos Alcaraz has had to work hard to advance into his first Major final! The young Spaniard endured three consecutive five-setters at the US Open to move into his first Major final at 19 years and four months. Carlos took down the home favorite Frances Tiafoe 6-7, 6-3, 6-1, 6-7, 6-3 in four hours and 19 minutes.
Thus, Carlos became the youngest Major finalist since Rafael Nadal in 2005, entering the top-2 and having a chance to become the youngest world no. 1 if he wins the title on Sunday! Frances gave everything to advance into the title clash and keep the dreams of the Americans alive.
He made an incredible comeback in the fourth set and fended off a match point to force a decider. Like against Sinner, Alcaraz stayed calm and delivered three breaks in the fifth set that propelled him into the title clash against Casper Ruud.
Frances served at 47% and struggled on the second serve. The Spaniard created 20 break chances and seized nine to control the scoreboard in the sets he won.
Carlos Alcaraz defeated Frances Tiafoe in five sets.
Alcaraz experienced three breaks from seven opportunities offered to his opponent and controlled the pace with 59 winners and 37 unforced errors.
The Spaniard saved a set point at 5-6 in the opening set with a service winner and introduced a tie break. Tiafoe earned three more set points at 6-3 before Alcaraz erased them and climbed back to 6-6 with a powerful backhand after an hour.
Frances grabbed the fifth set point at 7-6 after Carlos' double fault to secure the opener and gain a boost. A teenager fended off all three break points in the second set and made the difference with a single return game.
The American sprayed a forehand error in the sixth game to experience the first break and fall 4-2 behind. Alcaraz saved a break point in game seven to confirm the advantage and created two set points on the return in the next one.
Tiafoe saved them and earned a break opportunity at 3-5. Carlos saved it with a forehand winner and converted the third set point to level the overall score. The Spaniard was the only player on the court in set number three, losing two points behind the initial shot and keeping the pressure on the other side.
Carlos broke Frances in games one and three and delivered another return game at 5-1 to wrap up the set and move closer to the finish line. They traded four consecutive breaks at the start of the fourth set, and Alcaraz created a match point on the return at 5-4.
Tiafoe denied it after an incredible defense and a drop shot winner at the net. The set went into a tie break, and the American claimed it 7-5 thanks to the Spaniard's forehand error to present a decider after three hours and 35 minutes.
Carlos started all over in the fifth set and delivered an early break. Frances landed a backhand return winner in game four to level the score at 2-2 and gain a boost of confidence. Alcaraz broke at love in game five to clinch another advantage and held at love at 4-3 to move closer to the finish line.
The Spaniard seized the third match point on the return in game nine to overpower another rival and set the title clash against Casper Ruud.