Carlos Alcaraz vs. Frances Tiafoe: US Open Tennis Semifinal – Live!

*Alcaraz 2-3 Tiafoe (* – indicates the next server)

An unforced error on a routine hold for Tiafoe.

Okay, I’ll leave the fashion comment for a while.

And here's Alcaraz in an orange shirt with white sleeves, white shoulders, and a white back.
And here’s Alcaraz in an orange shirt with white sleeves, white shoulders, and a white back. Photo: Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports

Alcaraz 2-2 Tiafoe* (* – indicates the next server)

Are these guys wearing identical shirts? It’s not entirely obvious because the backs are white, while the fronts are mostly orange.

I must have just seen Joel McHale.

Alcaraz keeps the love. Not too much to analyze here. Great servers earning their services.

Frances Tiafoe wears an orange shirt with white sleeves, white shoulders and a white back.
Frances Tiafoe wears an orange shirt with white sleeves, white shoulders and a white back. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

*Alcaraz 1-2 Tiafoe (* – indicates the next server)

While listing celebrities, Tiafoe won the first three points of the game. A resounding attempt goes awry after that, but Tiafoe hangs on with a forehand winner.

Alcaraz 1-1 Tiafoe* (* – indicates the next server)

Alcaraz is hitting deep in these rallies. too deep Twice. 15-30

But the Spaniard wins the next rally, and Tiafoe’s effort on a cross-court return at 30-30 barely goes wide. The next service cannot be returned, and that’s it.

Michelle Obama is sitting with Jill Vedder (Eddie’s wife), says rock fan John McEnroe. Tennis legend Stan Smith sits next to retired NFL wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. This would make a great dinner.

*Alcaraz 0-1 Tiafoe (* – indicates the next server)

Tiafoe needs his second serve on the first point, and Alcaraz does it quickly. Tiafoe gets the next two, forcing errors with each.

Next: A point with more angles than a 12-sided die, ending with a shot by Alcaraz in which the hawk’s eye shows that a tiny, very small piece of the ball caught the line. Tiafoe answers with a solid winner, but hits slightly wide on the next point for two.

The next two points, however, are earned with powerful and well-placed serves. Tiafoe holds his nerve and holds serve.

Tiafoe will serve. He smiles Here we come…

Pre-match interviews: Tiafoe has a lot of respect for Alcaraz. well, yes

Valid question for Alcaraz: How do you feel after more than nine hours on the track this week? “There’s no time to be tired,” he says with a smile.

Hoops wear…

Wednesday: Bradley Beal supports Frances Tiaofoe from the stands.

Today: Tiafoe wears Beal’s jersey as he warms up 🤩 #USOpen

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There is still no indication that we are close to this match.

So how is everyone doing today?

We haven’t seen player introductions yet. Maybe Alcaraz is taking a well-deserved nap?

Who is number 1?

Current number 1 Daniil Medvedev gave up first place when he lost in the round of 16 to Nick Kyrgios. No. 2 Alexander Zverev is not competing in New York due to injury. We know Rafael Nadal will not return to the top of the rankings, thanks to Tiafoe’s victory over the 36-year-old Spaniard in the round of 16 here.

If Alcaraz wins, he will be the youngest to be No. 1. If he loses here, Casper Ruud will be the first Norwegian to top the ranking. (These factoids are from the ATP Tour itself.)

Ruud defeated Karen Khachanov this afternoon in a tidy three-hour match to reach the finals, so if Alcaraz wins tonight, it will be one of those rare head-to-head matchups to decide the king of the hill.

Jon Bon Jovi watched the Ruud-Kachanov match earlier today.
Jon Bon Jovi watched the Ruud-Khachanov match earlier today. Photograph: Frey/TPN/Getty Images

Ready for a matchup of an unstoppable force against a guy who has spent more time on the court this week than most of us have at work?

Frances Tiafoe from the USA! USA! USA! (the Guardian’s trademark commentators) is once again bringing his uninhibited enthusiasm to Spain’s Arthur Ashe Stadium. Carlos Alcaraz, who made it this far by winning a quarterfinal match that lasted 5 hours and 15 minutes. This was his second straight five-set match, following a round of 16 match that lasted nearly four hours.

Alcaraz, a rising star at 19, is ranked fourth in the world. Tiafoe is 26th. But Tiafoe will have his home court and has won the only meeting between the two: a 2021 match on clay in Barcelona.

Beau will be here shortly. Meanwhile, here’s Tumaini Carayol’s look at Carlos Alcaraz’s epic quarterfinal win over Jannik Sinner.

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