Frances Tiafoe vs. Carlos Alcaraz in the US Open men’s semi-final: how to watch

Those who worried about the state of men’s tennis when Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal retired have nothing to worry about.

The next generation of men’s tennis is here, and fans will get a chance to see what one of the next big rivalries could look like when Frances Tiafoe, the 24-year-old American ranked No. 26, takes on Carlos Alcaraz, the 19- the one-year-old Spaniard placed No. 4 in the US Open semifinals.

The two will play at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Friday at 7 p.m. EST in what should be an exciting and intense game. The winner will face Casper Ruud of Norway, who beat Karen Khachanov of Russia in four sets in the first men’s semifinal.

Here’s what you need to know ahead of the Tiafoe-Alcaraz game:

In five singles matches, Tiafoe has only dropped one set, which came in the fourth round against Nadal. Tiafoe beat Marcos Giron of the United States in the first round, then Jason Kubler of Australia, Diego Schwartzman, 14th seed Argentina, Nadal and Andrey Rublev, ninth seed Russia, in the quarterfinals.

Alcaraz arrives in the semi-finals after back-to-back five-set marathon matches: he beat Italy’s Jannik Sinner in a 5-hour, 15-minute quarter-final match that ended at nearly 3 a.m. on Thursday, and Marin Cilic of Croatia in the fourth round in a match that lasted nearly four hours.

Alcaraz beat Argentinian Sebastian Baez in the first round, Argentinian Federico Coria in the second and American Jenson Brooksby in the third.

Prepare to pay. As of Thursday night, tickets to the upper levels of Ashe Stadium were available from resellers on Ticketmaster for around $300. Tickets in the middle tiers of the stadium cost between about $1,000 and nearly $3,000.

The best seats in the house? It’s almost $7,000.

Tune in to ESPN on Friday. (If you’re in Canada, tune into TSN.)

If that’s not enough for you, consider preparing a Honey Deuce, the official cocktail of the US Open. (Find the recipe here.)

This game will be intense. Tiafoe and Alcaraz both play fierce tennis, and they’re quick on the court.

Prior to the US Open, Tiafoe practiced on his court at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Md. Komi Oliver Akli, senior director of player development at the center, said Tiafoe spent much of his sessions to focus on his ability. Before Tiafoe beat Nadal in the fourth round, Akli told him to be physical in the match.

“Make the game longer; make each stitch longer,” Akli told Tiafoe.

Tiafoe won his only previous match last year at Barcelona on clay. According to Tipico Sportsbook, Alcaraz is the favorite to win Friday’s game, with -200 odds against +150 for underdog Tiafoe.

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