Those that have been anxious in regards to the state of men’s tennis when the likes of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are retired don’t have anything to fret about.
The following generation of men’s tennis is here, and fans will get a likelihood to see what certainly one of the following great rivalries could appear to be when Frances Tiafoe, the 24-year-old American ranked No. 26, faces Carlos Alcaraz, the 19-year-old Spaniard ranked No. 4, within the semifinals of the U.S. Open.
The 2 will play in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Friday at 7 p.m. Eastern time in what is anticipated to be an exciting and intense match.
Here’s what you should know before their semifinal match on Friday:
How did Frances Tiafoe and Carlos Alcaraz advance?
Through five singles matches, Tiafoe has dropped just one set, which got here within the fourth round against Nadal. Tiafoe defeated Marcos Giron of the US in the primary round, then Jason Kubler of Australia, Diego Schwartzman, an Argentine seeded 14th, Nadal and Andrey Rublev, a Russian seeded ninth, within the quarterfinal.
Alcaraz arrives on the semifinals after back-to-back marathon five-set matches: He beat Jannik Sinner of Italy in a 5-hour, 15-minute quarterfinal match that ended at nearly 3 a.m. Thursday, and Marin Cilic of Croatia within the fourth round in a match that lasted nearly 4 hours.
Alcaraz defeated Sebastian Baez of Argentina in the primary round, Federico Coria of Argentina within the second and Jenson Brooksby of the US within the third.
Wish to see the match within the stadium?
Get able to pay up. As of Thursday evening, tickets within the upper levels of Ashe Stadium were available from resellers on Ticketmaster for about $300. Tickets in the center levels of the stadium were going for anywhere from about $1,000 to just about $3,000.
The most effective seats in the home? Those are nearly $7,000.
Catching the match at home?
Tune into ESPN on Friday. (If you happen to’re in Canada, tune into TSN.)
If that’s not enough for you, consider preparing yourself a Honey Deuce, the official cocktail of the U.S. Open. (Find the recipe here.)
What can we expect?
This match might be intense. Tiafoe and Alcaraz each play fierce tennis, they usually’re quick up and down the court.
Leading as much as the U.S. Open, Tiafoe trained on his home court on the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Md. Komi Oliver Akli, a senior director of player development at the middle, said that Tiafoe spent much of his sessions specializing in his fitness. Before Tiafoe beat Nadal within the fourth round, Akli told him to be physical within the match.
“Make the match longer; make every point longer,” Akli said he told Tiafoe.
Tiafoe won their only previous matchup last 12 months in Barcelona on clay. Based on Tipico Sportsbook, Alcaraz is the favourite to win Friday’s match, with -200 odds against +150 for the underdog Tiafoe.