Carlos Alcaraz Vs Frances Tiafoe

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Frances Tiafoe's run at the US Open ended Friday with a loss to No. 3 seed Carlos Alcaraz in the semifinals.

After being down in the match, Tiafoe had forced a fifth set, delighting the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd -- which included Michelle Obama.

But it was the 19-year-old and world No. 4 from Spain who pulled through, 6-7(6), 6-3, 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-3 in four hours, 19 minutes.

Alcaraz will face Norway's Casper Ruud, the No. 5 seed, in Sunday's final, and the stakes are high: The winner will rise to No. 1 in the world for the first time.

Tiafoe, 24, was trying to become the first American men's grand slam finalist since Andy Roddick in 2009. Roddick reached the US Open final in 2006 and won a major in 2003.

Tiafoe told ESPN, "Carlos was too excellent tonight." "I gave everything I had the last two weeks. I came here to win the US Open. I feel like I let you down. This one hurts.

Tiafoe informed Alcaraz he'll win many grand slams. "You're a heck of a player, a hell of a person. I'm glad I got to share the court with you. I'll win this thing one day. Sorry, people."

If Alcaraz wins, he'll be the youngest No. 1. Should he reach No. 1, he'd tie Carlos Moya, Andre Agassi, and Pete Sampras (from No. 4).

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