New York City, US, Sep 9 (EFE).- Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz played his second five-set match in two days Friday to defeat American Frances Tiafoe 6-7, 6-3, 6-1, 6-7, 6-3 to book a spot in the US Open final against Norway’s Casper Rudd.
The Spaniard needed four hours and 19 minutes to seal his win against the home favorite.
The first set went into a tie breaker after both players failed to break each other’s serve.
Tiafoe raced to a 6-3 lead in the tie breaker but Alcaraz fought back to make it 6-6 before an error and double fault cost him the set.
Alcaraz didn’t take long to bounce back and pulled ahead 3-2 in the second set. He then went on to extend his lead and take the set 6-3.
Two consecutive breaks in the third set helped Alcaraz race to 4-0 lead in a matter of minutes.
He broke Tiafoe again in the seventh game to win the set 6-1.
Alcaraz held a match point in the fourth set with the score at 6-5 but Tiafoe saved it and won the set, forcing a fifth set.
Alcaraz squandered an early break in the fifth set as Tiafoe leveled the score 2-2
But the Spaniard broke again and then held his serve at 4-2 and again at 5-3 to seal the match and move into his first Grand Slam final.
If Alcaraz wins the tournament, he will displace Daniil Medvedev to become the world No. 1. EFE