On Friday, September 9, 2022, young Spanish star Carlos Alcaraz became the second adolescent in the Open Era to make it to the US Open final. The 19-year-old will now compete against Norwegian star Casper Ruud in the championship match after defeating American star Frances Tiafoe by scores of 6(6)-7(8), 6-3, 6-1, 6(5)-7(7), and 6-3 in the semifinal.
Alcaraz also made history by becoming the youngest male competitor to reach the US Open final since 1990. Only Pete Sampras, who captured the Grand Slam championship in 1990, is ahead of him. Sampras won the US Open in 1990 at the age of 19, as opposed to Alcaraz, who was 19 years, 4 months, and 5 days old on September 9.
The third seed is the first teenager to reach a Grand Slam final since Rafael Nadal at the 2005 French Open. He struggled to get going in the match, losing the first set against Tiafoe. The fourth-ranked player in the world, nevertheless, rallied to win the second and third sets.
Tiafoe put on a remarkable performance against the third-seeded Spanish superstar to advance to the semifinals after defeating Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinal. In the fourth set, the American superstar staged a comeback and won it 6(5)-7(7) in a tie-break.
The American also put up a stark competition in the deciding set as he went on to take a lead in the opening game. However, Alcaraz made a comeback and led 2-0. This did not deter Tiafoe, who made a comeback by winning the third game, making the score 2-1.
However, he could not cope against an energetic Alcaraz, who went on to lead and clinch the set with a score of 6-3.
“It’s amazing to be able to fight for big things. First time in the final of a Grand Slam. I can see the No. 1 in the world, but at the same time it’s so far away,” Alcaraz said after the game. “I have one more to go against a player who is unbelievable. He deserves to play a final. He played in the final of a Grand Slam in Roland Garros. This is my first time,” the youngster added.