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Frances Tiafoe classy in defeat, praises Carlos Alcaraz after tight US Open loss

Tiafoe fell just short in a five-set battle tp Alcaraz.

Frances Tiafoe felt that he and Carlos Alcaraz delivered a performance after which fans didn’t regret paying a ticket to watch them. On Friday night in New York, Alcaraz defeated Tiafoe 6-7 (6) 6-3 6-1 6-7 (5) 6-3 to progress into the US Open final.

The match lasted four hours and 19 minutes. In the fourth set, Tiafoe saved a match point and eventually managed to force a decider. But Tiafoe fell just short in his bid to beat Alcaraz and reach his first Grand Slam final.

“The tennis definitely matched the hype of the match. Unbelievable shot-making, gets, extending points, crazy shots, I mean, at crazy times,” he said. “I was getting riled up. People love to see that guy play, so they were getting behind him, too.

Obviously I would have loved to win tonight, but I think tennis won tonight. I think the crowd got what they expected. I just wish I was the one who got the W. But it was unbelievable to be a part of. A lot of who’s who in there. At the end of the day I have to be happy. I gave everything that I had.”

Tiafoe praises Alcaraz.

After falling just short versus Alcaraz, Tiafoe showed his class and spoke extremely highly of the 19-year-old Spaniard.

Tiafoe feels Alcaraz is here to stay and he will definitely “be a problem” for a very long time. “I think it’s going to be very tough to play him,” said Tiafoe. “He’s one of the best players in the world, for sure.He’s so young. He hits the ball so hard. I never played a guy who moves as well as him, honestly. He’s a hell of a player. He’s going to be a problem for a very long time. For him to be so young, being so poised in big moments, I take my hat off and I got a lot of respect for him.”

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