Carlos Alcaraz breaks Frances Tiafoe and is in the US Open final against Casper Ruud
Young Spanish talent Carlos Alcaraz secured his place in the final of the US Open.
The world No. 4 seed won semifinal #2 at the US Open, after prevailing over American sensation Frances Tiafoe 6-7, 6-3, 6-1, 6-7, 6-3.
Thus, in a dispute for the title, the Spaniard will meet the Norwegian Casper Ruud.
At the US Open, it was the third consecutive victory for the Spaniard, which came after a 5-set battle. He was successively defeated in 5 sets by Marin Cilic (Croatia), Jannick Sinner (Italy), and a few minutes ago Frances Tiafoe.
For both Alcaraz and Ruud, it can be said that they definitely deserve to be in the final, which will start tomorrow around 23:00 European time/7 am AEST. Ruud prevailed with a 3:1 set, with which he showed decisiveness, and Alcaraz won his sets in a much more decisive way than Tiafoe.
For Casper Ruud, this will be his second Grand Slam final, after this year he was a finalist at Roland Garros, where he failed to put up any resistance against Rafael Nadal and lost to him.
Carlos Alcaraz reaches a Slam final for the first time.
Alcaraz and Tiafoe played out a very intense, high-level duel that ultimately kept the Spaniard’s chances of reaching the top of the men’s world rankings before he turned 20 years old.
Alcaraz had a match point in the fourth set, but World No.26 Tiafoe managed to send the match to the fifth set.
Despite playing a third straight 5-set match, Carlos Alcaraz showed no signs of fatigue and set up a meeting with tournament fifth seed Casper Ruud in the final.
The winner will claim a first Grand Slam title and top theworld rankings.
Jabeur and Swiatek go to battle for history
We’re in the final stages of this year’s US Open, and the women’s and men’s titles will be decided this weekend. Today we will have the honor of finding out which tennis player will be able to lift the title in New York, with the two contenders to do so being the leader of the rankings Iga Swiatek and the world No. 5 Ons Jabeur, for each of whom this will be a debut appearance in a final at th eUS Open.
World No. 1 and No. 2 in the WTA rankings go head-to-head for a historic trophy. Both Poland, represented by Iga Swiatek, and Tunisia, represented by Ons Jabeur, do not have a US Open title, which makes tonight’s clash even more interesting. The continent of Africa didn’t even have a female finalist until the appearance of Jabeur.
It will be the second appearance for both players in a major final since the beginning of the year, after the Pole triumphed for the second time at Roland Garros in June, while the Tunisian suffered defeat in the clash for the Wimbledon trophy a month later. So far, Swiatek & Jabeur have faced each other a total of 4 times, exchanging two wins each. The upcoming meeting between them will start after the end of the women’s mixed doubles final, starting no earlier than 23:00.
The statistics between the two are equal – two successes each. In their first match, which took place in 2019 on hard court in Washington, Swiatek achieved a difficult success (4:6, 6:4, 6:4). At the 1/8 finals of “Wimbledon” last season, Jabeur got his revenge with a 5:7, 6:1, 6:1 victory. At the tournament in Cincinnati a little later in 2021, the Tunisian was even more decisive – 6:3, 6:3. This year, the two met in the final of the competition in Rome, with Iga leveling the series after a 6-2, 6-2 success on her favorite clay.
On paper, the Pole is the clear favorite. The 21-year-old competitor, born in Warsaw, is having a phenomenal season. So far this year, the world number 1 has won 6 trophies, including a title at Roland Garros, and tournament victories in Miami, Indian Wells, Rome, Doha, and Stuttgart, registering 50 wins and only 7 defeats until the start of the most prestigious tennis competition in the USA.
On the courts of “Flushing Meadows” in Queens, the Polish woman got off to a promising start. In her first three matches, Swiatek recorded emphatic victories over Jasmine Paolini (6:3, 6:0), the 2017 champion and home representative Sloane Stevens (6:3, 6:2), and another American – Lauren Davis (6 :3, 6:4). In the following matches, after losing the first set, she eliminated Julie Niemeyer (2:6, 6:4, 6:0) and the 8th seeded Jessica Pegula with 6:3, 7:6, and in the semi-final she also defeated the 6th seeded Aryna Sabalenka (3:6, 6:1, 6:4), demonstrating great character.
Success for her in the final will mean a more than double difference in points between the first and the second after the update of the world rankings – Swiatek will be with 10365 points, and the second – Jabeur – with 5090 points.
For her part, the Tunisian is fighting for new records for her homeland. After becoming the first African woman to win a WTA 1000 title in Madrid this season, Jabeur now has her sights set on becoming the first African women’s Grand Slam champion.
Her way to the final went with two-set victories over Americans Madison Brengle (7:5, 6:2) and Elizabeth Mandlik (7:5, 6:2). In the third round, she met a serious rebuff from the 31st-ranked Shelby Rogers, but won 4:6, 6:4, 6:3. In her next three matches until the final, Jabour did not give a set to her opponents (Veronika Kudermetova, Alja Tomljanovic, and Carolyn Garcia).
Africa vs. Europe and Tunisia vs. Poland. Who will succeed Emma Raducanu to the US Open Ladies’ Throne? We are about to find out!