In New York, Frances Tiafoe performed admirably in front of the locals. Frances battled hard to earn a spot in the final and made history by becoming the first American to play in a US Open semi-final since 2006. After giving Arthur Ashe Stadium everything he had, the American lost to Carlos Alcaraz in four hours and 19 minutes with scores of 6-7, 6-3, 6-1, 6-7, and 6-3.
Before being broken three times in the last set to end his campaign without making it to the championship match, Frances saved a match point in the fourth set and forced a tiebreaker. The American paid a heavy price for serving at 47%. The Spaniard generated 20 opportunities for breaks and took advantage of nine of them to advance.
Alcaraz maintained control of the action with 59 winners and 37 unforced errors while losing service just three times. Up to the very end of the first set, they provided strong service, and a young player’s booming serve at set point 5-6 prevented a loss. At 6-3 in the tie break, Tiafoe missed three more set points before winning the fifth at 7-6 as a result of the opponent’s double fault.
In order to win the match and turn the tables, Carlos saved all three of his opponent’s break points in the second set. Tiafoe faced two set points at 2-5 when he lost serve in game six due to a sloppy forehand. He held onto them to extend the set and give the next one a chance to break.
Alcaraz saved the third set point for 6-3 by blocking it with a forehand winner. In set number three, the lone participant was a Spaniard who dropped two points behind the opening stroke while maintaining pressure on the opposition.
Carlos defeated Frances in games one and three to increase his lead, and he then produced another return game at a score of 5-1 to advance toward the finish line.
At the US Open, Frances Tiafoe was defeated by Carlos Alcaraz in five sets.
The first four breaks of the fourth set were exchanged, and Alcaraz converted a match point on the return at 5-4.
After an outstanding defense and a drop shot winner at the goal that kept him alive, Tiafoe denied it. After three hours and 35 minutes, the set entered a tie break, which the American won 7-5 owing to the Spaniard’s forehand mistake.
Carlos got things going again and made a quick break. In game four, Frances won with a backhand return to tie the match at 2-2 and bolster her confidence. In game five, Alcaraz broke at love to take a second lead and held at love to even the score at 4-3 to advance.
The Spaniard won in another five-set battle and set the championship showdown against Casper Ruud for Sunday after he converted the third match point on the return in game nine. “Over the past two weeks, I contributed everything I had. Sincerely, I wanted to win the US Open when I got here, and I feel like I let you guys down. I’d like to return, and I’ll eventually succeed here. I apologize “stated Frances Tiafoe.