Alcaraz Wins Historic Late-Night US Open Thriller Over Sinner, Tiafoe Keeps Rublev Winless In Slam QFs

by Staff | September 8th, 2022, 3:13 am

Frances Tiafoe came of age Wednesday at the US Open reaching his first Slam semifinal thumping Andrey Rublev 7-6(4), 7-6(0), 6-4.

Tiafoe was dominant on serve dropping just seven total points on his first delivery. And he never lost serve once en route to his second straight win over the Russian in New York.

Rublev had no answers against the American. Though he pushed hard to get to the breakers, his belief and game didn’t go with him. Tiafoe improved to 6-0 in breakers this year at the Open while Rublev falls to 0-6 in Slam quarters, winning just two sets.

Tiafoe becomes the first American man in the US Open semifinals since Andy Roddick in 2006, and the first anywhere since John Isner at 2018 Wimbledon.

“This is wild. This is crazy,” said Tiafoe on court. “I had the biggest win of my life 24 hours ago and coming out and getting another big win… Andrey’s a hell of a player, and to back it up, that’s huge. It’s tough to turn the page, but I did and now I’m in the semis.

“I feel so at home on courts like this. This court is unbelievable,” he said. “I always find a way somehow on this court, I always play some great tennis and I have been. Let’s enjoy this, we’ve got two more.”

In one the great matches in Grand Slam history, Carlos Alcaraz rallied from a match point down in the fourth and a break down in the fifth to deny Jannik Sinner 6-3, 6-7(7), 6-7(0), 7-5, 6-3.

“Honestly, I still don’t know how I did it,” he told the crowd.

“I tried to stay calm,” he said. “I had to believe in myself.”

The 5 hours, 15 minute epic was the second longest match ever played at the US Open. And the 2:50am finish, was the latest ever in New York.

Sinner held a match point serving at 5-4 in the fourth but sent a backhand wide.

A hour later, Alcaraz, who had battled from a break down, blasted his 5th ace to win.

Earlier, it was Alcaraz who blew lead an easy set point in the second and a break lead in the fourth.

The 19 year old Alcaraz, the youngest to make a Slam semifinal since Rafael Nadal in 2005, will have a day off before the Tiafoe showdown Friday night.

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7 Comments for Alcaraz Wins Historic Late-Night US Open Thriller Over Sinner, Tiafoe Keeps Rublev Winless In Slam QFs

skeezer Says:

Alcarez/Sinner match was amazing. Tennis entertainment at its finest. Both have a big future in the game and it was a dynamic matchup.
Looking forward to the match against Tiafoe.

Dave Says:

It was super high quality tennis. But super physical. I’m calling it now. Tiafoe will win against Alcaraz. Even if Alcaraz can play the whole match, he will show fatigue at some point. Back to back 5 set matches. 2nd longest match in US Open history. Over 9 hours in 2 matches. Tiafoe will play it smart and have Alcaraz running all over the place. Tiafoe has so much variety to his game and will definitely be fresh. Alcaraz won’t have the whole crowd on his side to energize him. Tiafoe will.

Okiegal Says:

About last night’s match….. a big WOWZER from Rowzer!
The thing with Alcaraz, he has youth on his side. But in all actuality to be at 100%, he needs more time to recover. Tiafoe is on fire. Should be an exciting match. Wonder who the new first ever slam champion will be???

tennismonger Says:

Bold prediction, Dave…sure hope you’re right though.

Was kinda gutted for Sinner as he was my dark horse fave but I’d be more than happy to see Big Foe step in. Frances maybe has variety & touch that Carlito’s previous opponents did not posess.

Hoping to see Big Foe “Escape from Alcaraz” tomorrow!

chrisford1 Says:

QE II has died. Had me reflecting on how the British royal family’s patronage made tennis a little more special and Wimbledon a little more prestigious. While Queen Elizabeth was more into horses, she endorsed other royal’s involvement and officially greeted thousands and thousands of players and officials and celebs drawn to Wimbledon over the years.

Wog Boy Says:

I am rooting for Viking, nice young man with manners that doesn’t make big waves, it’s a long stretch but you never know.
Not big fan of Spaniard, becoming too cocky and bit arrogant.
I am gutted for Sinner, he had a match in his hands😢

Wog Boy Says:

please replace “long stretch” with “long shot, …”😁

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