US Open: Alcaraz beats Tiafoe in 5 sets and goes to the final, could become the #1 youngest player

The Spaniard reigns after another battle that lasted more than four hours: 6-7, 6-3, 6-1, 6-7, 6-3 score. In his first Grand Slam final, he will face Rod

Another marathon, another epic five-set match promoting child phenom Carlos Alcaraz to the US Open final who defeated the brave never-to-dominate Francis Tiafoe 6-7, 6-3, 6-1, 6-7, 6-3 and reached his first final in Grand Slam with the tempting chance to come home from New York with the record for the youngest player in history.


A match fought shot, in which the first set is immediately withdrawn. At tie 3, Alcaraz starts attacking the answer with more determination, and reaches the double break point which Tiafoe cancels. At 5-6 Spotlight: It is the Spaniard who offers his opponent a break point which is also a set point. Alcaraz pulls two winning serves from the hat and extends the group in the tiebreak. Here Tiafoe still looks infallible, as in all six breaks played and won the championship. He climbed 4-1, reached the triple set point, and allowed himself to be reclaimed by Alcaraz, but he misplaced the fourth and entered the match with a steady advantage. In the momentum, Tiafoe hits the break ball for a 2-1 run and serves, but Alcaraz gets up just enough to reverse the game’s stalemate, flying to 5-2 (having saved two dangerous balls in the second half) and leveling the score from the sets. It is the turning point of the game. Tiafoe is out and from his comeback chance of the game 5-4 of a second, the American suffers a devastating 15-1 point streak that has buried him 4-0. Alcaraz is completely in charge of the field and above all leads by two sets to 1. The Spaniard misses two 3-0 balls at the start of the fourth set and Tiafo returns with the encouragement of the crowd to the surface. The match is fun again, Alcaraz goes ahead with a break at the start of the fourth set, then replays it and at 5-4 reaches the match point. However, Tiafoe scored a counter-goal with all the trimmings, refusing to defeat. You reach the tiebreak and again when Alcaraz misses a forehand that isn’t impossible, Arthur Ashe blows up completely: he goes into the fifth set. Alcaraz opens it up again with a break, and puts it back in, but then he has more fuel in his body. With 8 consecutive points, the Spaniard takes the advantage of the break again, which this time confirms directly under the banner of the finish line. On match point four, Alcaraz touched his first Grand Slam final.

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Whoever wins Sunday between Carlos Alcaraz and Casper Ruud will not only be the 152nd Grand Slam champion in history, but also be the new world number one. At 19 years, 4 months and 6 days, on the 21st anniversary of the tragedy of the Twin Towers, Alcaraz could become the youngest No. 1 in history by breaking Lleyton Hewitt’s record for being the world number one for the first time in 2001 at 20 years and 8 months . But it wasn’t only Alcaraz who could become the second youngest champion in US Open history after Pete Sampras, King in 1990 at the age of 19. The fourth youngest player in the Open Era after Chang (Roland Garros 1989), Baker (Wimbledon 1985), Wellander (Roland Garros 1982), Borg (Roland Garros 1974), Nadal (Roland Garros 2005) and Sampras (US Open 1990).