Carlos Alcaraz v Frances Tiafoe live stream | US Open 2022 preview

Carlos Alcaraz and Frances Tiafoe will go head-to-head in the second Semi-Final of the 2022 US Open on Friday.

Alcaraz defeated Jannik Sinner in a five-set thriller in the Quarter-Finals, in what was arguably the best match of the season so far.

The Spaniard has not dropped a single set in his first three matches in Flushing Meadows last week. However, he had to play two consecutive five-setters in the previous two rounds.

This edition was Alcaraz’s only second main-draw appearance at the US Open and he has now become the youngest semi-finalist at the US Open since Pete Sampras back in 1990.

Alcaraz holds the record for the most matches won on the main tour in these first nine months of the year. In addition, he lifted two Masters and two ATP 500 titles so far in 2022, and he is just two victories away from his first Grand Slam title.

On the other hand, Tiafoe dispatched Andrey Rublev in straight sets in the Quarter-Finals to become the first American male player to reach the semis at the US Open since Andy Roddick in 2006.

Tiafoe has had an amazing US Open campaign so far, having dropped just one set in his five matches. During this impressive run, he also stunned Rafael Nadal with a four-set victory in the round of 16.

In order to stand a chance against Alcaraz, Tiafoe will need to rely heavily on his serve. Our prediction is Over 37.5 Games at odds of 7/10 with Bet365.

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Rafael Nadal crashed out of the US Open after going down in four sets against Frances Tiafoe in the fourth round on Monday.

The 22-time Grand Slam winner, who has already captured the Australian Open and French Open this season, was ousted 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 as inspired home favourite Tiafoe inflicted a first defeat major defeat on the Spaniard in 2022.

Four-time champion Nadal was aiming for a record-equalling fifth triumph at Flushing Meadows this year, which would have moved him level with Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer.

However, he came unstuck by the 24-year-old, who became the first American to reach the US Open last eight since John Isner in 2018 – and youngest since Andy Roddick 12 years earlier.

Nadal had dropped the opening set in his victories over Rinky Hijikata and Fabio Fognini earlier this week, and followed suit as 22nd seed Tiafoe broke in game seven on the way to drawing first blood on Arthur Ashe.

Seeking a 10th quarter-final appearance in the Big Apple, the Spaniard had only suffered one defeat in his previous 22 matches against American opponents since October 2017; losing out to Taylor Fritz in the Indian Wells final earlier this term.

He responded to level and end Tiafoe’s streak of 10 successive sets on the way to reaching round four for the third year running.

But the home favourite – and last remaining American in the men’s draw – was not affected. Inspired by an electric atmosphere on Ashe, he broke again to regain the lead.

Nadal then broke early in the fourth for a 3-1 advantage, but Tiafoe was not to be denied. Indeed, he won the next five games to seal a remarkable victory.

His reward is a quarter-final showdown with Andrey Rublev, who is into the last eight in New York for the third time after defeating Cameron Norrie 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

Meanwhile, Iga Swiatek recovered from dropping her first set of the tournament to see off Wimbledon quarter-finalist Jule Niemeier 2-6, 6-4, 6-0.

The top seed is through to the last eight for the first time after denying the world number 108, who was making her maiden main-draw appearance at Flushing Meadows.

Daniil Medvedev could face his first test of the US Open as he takes on Frances Tiafoe in the fourth round in a rematch of their four-set Australian Open clash.

Medvedev vs Tiafoe is live from New York on Monday 7 September, time TBC

Runner-up at the US Open 12 months ago, Daniil Medvedev has returned as the third seed and so far it’s been plain sailing for the Russian despite the absence of the crowd whose energy fuelled his memorable 2019 run.

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Medvedev hasn’t even come close to losing a set through the first three rounds, but on Monday he should be facing his toughest test yet against the USA’s Frances Tiafoe, who took him to four sets at the Australian Open in January.

Read on for our preview, predictions and live streaming information.

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Medvedev vs Tiafoe: Head-to-head

Daniil Medvedev leads the head-to-head with Frances Tiafoe 2-1. The American won their first match in Nice in 2015, but Medvedev has won the two more recent encounters, beating Tiafoe 6-2, 7-5 in Washington, D.C. last summer and in four sets at the Australian Open in January.

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With a fairly smooth draw through the early rounds, Daniil Medvedev’s main challenge in the first week was to get through it without expending too much energy in long matches, to keep his powder dry for the second week. He’s done that: The Russian has dropped an average eight games in each of his matches so far, beating Federico Delbonis, Christopher O’Connell and J.J. Wolf without coming close to dropping a set.

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Now we find out whether Medvedev can raise his level when he needs to – something that fourth-round opponent Tiafoe did to perfection to make the last 16. Having dug out a five-set match against John Millman in the second round, I thought Tiafoe was going to find himself outmatched and outlasted by Marton Fucsovics in the third. Instead, the American played one of his best, most consistently aggressive and disciplined matches to beat the Hungarian 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 and reach the round of 16 at the US Open for the first time.

Frances Tiafoe has never won back-to-back US Open matches before this year (PA Images)

Having played nine sets through the first two rounds, Tiafoe was focused throughout the match against Fucsovics, perhaps suggesting that coach Wayne Ferreira’s emphasis on concentration is beginning to pay off. Medvedev, though, will be a tougher nut to crack.

The junkballing, supremely defensively gifted Russian is a hard player to break down at the best of times. In their Australian Open clash, Tiafoe’s best success came when he used his backhand to maneouvre Medvedev off the court, and then transitioned forward boldly to finish off the point; but even then, on what was a poor serving day for Medvedev, it wasn’t a tactic that could get the American more than a set. Tiafoe’s forehand isn’t really stable enough to let him dictate play off that wing, either, not against a player as good at tracking down balls as Medvedev. This will be a big step up in level of opponent for Medvedev – a big step up from the likes of J.J. Wolf; and making that adjustment might well result in Tiafoe taking a set. But this match is the Russian’s to win.

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