US Open: Carlos Alcaraz expects ‘really, really tough’ semi-final against home favourite Frances Tiafoe

Teen sensation Carlos Alcaraz gained the support of the New York public when he put on a spectacle on Wednesday, September 7 against Jannik Sinner in the quarterfinals of the men’s singles marathon at US Open 2022. The 19-year-old had the New York crowd roaring with delight and amazement. when he hit some incredible winners, including a backhand pass behind his back.

Alcaraz saved a match point and fought back from 1-2 to survive Jannik Sinner 6-3, 6-7 (7-9), 6-7 (0-7), 7-5, 6-3 as the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd witnessed high-quality action in a 5-hour-and-15 – minute match, 2nd longest in US Open history.However, when Carlos Alcaraz takes the field for the semi-finals, he may not be the most popular of the two semi-finalists as he will face local favorite Frances Tiafoe. Alcaraz admitted that the semi-final against the American will not be an easy question, given the form Tiafoe has displayed.Tiafoe has been touted as the next big thing in American tennis and the 24-year-old finally seems to be showing signs of living up to the hype. He defeated 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal in a 4-setter before displacing ninth seed Andrey Rublev in straight sets in the quarterfinals.Tiafoe defeated Alcaraz in their only meeting in 2021 – an outright win on clay in Barcelona.”It’s going to be very, very tough. Frances, everyone knows the level of Frances. He beat Rafa Nadal and Rublev in three sets. He plays unbelievably now. A lot of confidence. He loves the crowd. He loves this field. Me I will have to do my best,” Alcaraz told the press on Thursday.”But now I’m thinking about this match. I’m enjoying this moment. I have a rest day to think about the semi-finals. But now I’m going to have fun with my team, my family, and that’s all.”

‘GREAT NEW YORK CROWD’Alcaraz became the youngest Grand Slam semifinalist since Rafael Nadal in 2005 and the youngest to reach the last four of the US Open since Pete Sampras in 1990.Alcaraz has threatened to go all the way at Grand Slams since his remarkable run on red soil, but he stumbled in the quarterfinals at the French Open. The Spanish teenager was defeated by Sinner in the fourth round of Wimbledon, but Alcaraz appears to be in top form on the New York hard courts.Alcaraz defeated former champion Marin Cilic in a 5-setter marathon against Sinner to reach his first Grand Slam semifinal.”I feel great to be in my first semi-final in a Grand Slam. I feel better about reaching the semi-final here in the US Open. This tournament is amazing. The crowd is amazing, I’d say the best in the world.”I mean, the energy I get in this court at 3am, it was incredible. I mean, probably in other tournaments, somewhere else, everybody went to their house to rest. But they stay in court and support me. It was unbelievable. I feel great to be, well, here playing a semifinal in the US Open,” he added.— ENDS —

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