Alcaraz stops Tiafoe’s US Open run for 1st Grand Slam final


Carlos Alcaraz surged into his first Grand Slam final and gave himself a chance to become No. 1 at age 19 by ending Frances Tiafoe’s run at the U.S. Open with a 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-3 victory on Friday night.

US_Open_Tennis_29001 Casper Ruud, of Norway, celebrates winning the first set against Karen Khachanov, of Russia, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in New York.

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US_Open_Tennis_28375 Karen Khachanov, of Russia, reacts during competition against Casper Ruud, of Norway, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in New York.

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US_Open_Tennis_24784 Coach Christian Ruud, left, reacts while watching his son Casper Ruud, of Norway, compete against Karen Khachanov, of Russia, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in New York.

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US_Open_Tennis_50671 Jon Bon Jovi, left, reacts as he watches play between Casper Ruud, of Norway, and Karen Khachanov, of Russia, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in New York.

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US_Open_Tennis_30574 Casper Ruud, of Norway, chases down a shot from Karen Khachanov, of Russia, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in New York.

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US_Open_Tennis_54555 Casper Ruud, of Norway, reacts to his box between sets against Karen Khachanov, of Russia, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in New York.

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US_Open_Tennis_18825 Casper Ruud, of Norway, serves to Karen Khachanov, of Russia, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in New York.

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US_Open_Tennis_33539 Casper Ruud, of Norway, reaches for a shot from Karen Khachanov, of Russia, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in New York.

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US_Open_Tennis_16298 Karen Khachanov, of Russia, reacts after scoring a point against Casper Ruud, of Norway, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in New York.

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US_Open_Tennis_06715 Casper Ruud, of Norway, returns a shot to Karen Khachanov, of Russia, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in New York.

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US_Open_Tennis_17270 Carlos Alcaraz, of Spain, reacts after scoring a point against Frances Tiafoe, of the United States, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in New York.

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APTOPIX_US_Open_Tennis_74364 Frances Tiafoe, of the United States, climbs over the net after a volley with Carlos Alcaraz, of Spain, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in New York.

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US_Open_Tennis_19183 Carlos Alcaraz, of Spain, makes an off-balance shot to Frances Tiafoe, of the United States, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in New York.

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US_Open_Tennis_19242 Frances Tiafoe, of the United States, reacts after winning a game against Carlos Alcaraz, of Spain, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in New York.

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APTOPIX_US_Open_Tennis_61628 Michelle Obama, center, gives two thumbs up to Frances Tiafoe, of the United States, during a semifinal match between Tiafoe and Carlos Alcaraz, of Spain, at the U.S. Open tennis championships, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in New York.

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US_Open_Tennis_94629 Carlos Alcaraz, of Spain, returns a shot at the net to Frances Tiafoe, of the United States, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in New York.

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US_Open_Tennis_41689 Carlos Alcaraz, of Spain, returns a shot to Frances Tiafoe, of the United States, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in New York.

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US_Open_Tennis_27743 Carlos Alcaraz, of Spain, returns a shot at the net to Frances Tiafoe, of the United States, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in New York.

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APTOPIX_US_Open_Tennis_31733 Frances Tiafoe, of the United States, returns a shot between his legs to Carlos Alcaraz, of Spain, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in New York.

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APTOPIX_US_Open_Tennis_46835 Frances Tiafoe, of the United States, returns a shot between his legs to Carlos Alcaraz, of Spain, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in New York.

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US_Open_Tennis_39696 Carlos Alcaraz, of Spain, takes a break between games against Frances Tiafoe, of the United States, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in New York.

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US_Open_Tennis_74522 Frances Tiafoe, of the United States, takes a break between sets against Carlos Alcaraz, of Spain, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in New York.

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US_Open_Tennis_79295 Carlos Alcaraz, of Spain, celebrates a point against Frances Tiafoe, of the United States, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in New York.

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US_Open_Tennis_46017 Frances Tiafoe, of the United States, gestures to the crowd after scoring a point against Carlos Alcaraz, of Spain, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in New York.

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APTOPIX_US_Open_Tennis_60933 Carlos Alcaraz, of Spain, returns a shot to Frances Tiafoe, of the United States, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in New York.

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APTOPIX_US_Open_Tennis_88498 Frances Tiafoe, of the United States, reacts after winning a game against Carlos Alcaraz, of Spain, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in New York.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Carlos Alcaraz surged into his first Grand Slam final and gave himself a chance to become No. 1 at age 19 by ending Frances Tiafoe’s run at the U.S. Open with a 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-3 victory on Friday night.

No. 3 Alcaraz moved ahead by grabbing nine of 10 games in one stretch and could have ended the semifinal when he held a match point in the fourth set. Tiafoe saved that and forced a fifth set by improving to 8-0 in tiebreakers during the tournament.

Showing no signs of fatigue from his 5-hour, 15-minute quarterfinal win that ended at 2:50 a.m. on Thursday, Alcaraz was better down the stretch, taking four of the last five games.

Alcaraz will face No. 7 Casper Ruud for the championship on Sunday with so much on the line: The winner will become a major champion for the first time and lead the rankings next week.

Ruud, a 23-year-old from Norway, claimed a 55-shot point to cap the opening set of his semifinal and wound up beating Karen Khachanov 7-6 (5), 6-2, 5-7, 6-2.

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