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Carlos Alcaraz moves to first Grand Slam final after defeating local favourite Frances Tiafoe in fierce battle

The Spanish sensation Alcaraz, defeated local boy, American Tiafoe, in the semi-final, at Arthur Ashe Stadium, in five sets: 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 6-1, 6-7 (5-7), and 6-3 to advance into the final.

By wasmulhaq 
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New York: On Friday, September 9, the Spanish sensation and number three seed, Alcaraz, defeated local boy, American Tiafoe, in the semi-final, which lasted four hours and 18 minutes at Arthur Ashe Stadium, in five sets: 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 6-1, 6-7 (5-7), and 6-3 to advance into the final.

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Alcaraz has to clash with Casper Ruud for the coveted US Open title and world No. 1 rank. With his marathon semi-final victory, Alcaraz now becomes the second Spanish tennis player who will play in the US Open final after Nadal since 2019.

Both Alcaraz and Tiafoe consistently hit groundstrokes, served aggressively, and fought for every point. The capacity crowd watched some thrilling tennis.

Alcaraz improved his game with the progress of the match and drew even with Tiafoe with his brilliant shotmaking in the second set. The Spaniard frustrated the American with his all-round movement on the court and won the third set in a dominating fashion. Then Tiafoe put every ounce of his energy and bounced back into the match and took the fourth set, and the match reached the deciding fifth set.

While Alcaraz kept calm and played normal tennis, while Tiafoe was looking tired and sluggish in the deciding game, he missed an easy shot in the net, and Alcaraz eventually fell to his back to celebrate his victory over Tiafoe. The win made Alcaraz the first player on tour to reach 50 wins this season.

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