God damn this US Open has been spoiling us with incredible matches. Heartbroken for Tiafoe but massive credit to Alcaraz. He’s like a machine, as a 19 year old he has incredible mental maturity and I was stunned multiple times how he was able to shake off the crowd, a break, and more and come back the next game like nothing happened.


Can we start calling Alcaraz the terminator? Cause man it feels that relentless


Or Alcatraz because he is a mental jail you can't get out from.


Carlos "The Rock" Alcaraz




Very suspicious that having a helmet of hair gives you supernatural tennis abilities, especially in 5 setters


Either that or whispy patches. In between is weakness


Sad "perfect hair" noises from Fed


True. As nadal got whispier and djoko maintained his bowling ball, fed declined. Grim fate for tsitsipas


Amazing match but is anyone else noticing that Alcaraz does not sweat? It's a bit odd but I am jealous of it as I am sweating just typing this comment on my phone. Good genes I guess.


It's not a straightforward answer, I searched on this topic once and it's very complicated. There are a lot of factors involved, like thermodynamics, blood pressure, body's ability to circulate the air, body fat % and most importantly training regimen and obviously genes. TL'DR he is 19 and physically gifted.


Fed was always like that...he'd be playing in 100 degrees in Australia and not sweating at all.


I have noticed the same thing with Botic van de Zandschulp. Obviously there is a difference in their performances but Botic always looks, well, very fresh and dry. 🙈


Actually no, sweating is good. The fitter a person is, the more they sweat because the body is more efficient regulating its temperature


Ruud vs Alcaraz for #1 on Sunday. Best of 75 sets, run until they collapse. SO FUCKING PUMPED


If he pulls this one off after 3 straight 5 setters, this will go down in history like Novak’s insane 2012 AO run where he beat Murray and Nadal after crazy 5 hour+ back-to-back 5 setters. Just think of how incredible it would be for tennis to have Carlitos on Big 3 level for the next decade




Alacaraz has played like, what, **3-4** five-setters in a row!? Regardless, that’ll be a good advantage for Ruud…


Physically yes. Mentally if it gets to 5 games knowing you’ve done the job so many times in a row is handy.


I’d bet the house that this one is going to go to at least five games


I'd even go so far that it is going to go to at least three sets.


I'm so fucking proud of this kid, hopefully there's no more "he's just overhyped" postings in here ever again!


Alcaraz has spent 13h27 on the court over his last 3 matches. Will he have enough energy left in the tank in the Final?


4 hours in, he was telling his coach "Im fresh as fuck" in spanish ("estoy fresquisimo").


Anybody asks how I'm doing I'm answering estoy fresquisimo only from now on


How you doing?😏


Estoy fresquísimo!


It was funny against Sinner he started screaming “estoy hecho un toro!!!”, basically saying I’m a bull


Omg too funny. Well whatever it takes


Damn thats funny and also chad as hell This sub needs to accept that this kid is just built different. His athleticism is unparalleled rn. Its more likely he’ll be fresh vs he’ll be tired at this point


I'm so fucking proud of this kid, hopefully there's no more "he's just overhyped" postings in here ever again!


It will be very hard to say that to the world number 1 at freakin 19 years of age.


Jelly as fuck about people with godlike stamina.


Dudes got that nadal juice working for him


Ferrero probably found the super serum uncle toni gave to teenage nadal and has been injecting carlitos with it since 12 yrs old


To be 19 again. 😭


Weird way to translate that


He may come out a little slow like tonight, but I bet he will have the energy for 1 more epic battle. The kid is the real fucking deal, there is no doubt about it anymore. And big foe can rest with his head high tonight, he really upped his game tonight, and this whole tourney. What an amazing showing from him. He will be back in this position again.


If Tiafoe plays at this level every slam, he’ll be top 5 this time next year


Love Alcaraz but Foe is hurting. He knows he was so close. With predominantly second serves no less. He had a real chance to have taken that match.


Honestly so impressed foe took it so deep without any energy. He looked dead by the end of the second.


It seems like he never lets his level drop


Never let's his level *badly* drop, but, is pathologically prone to inconsistency, and gets himself out of trouble through willpower and clutchness. Imagine what he will be like when he reaches consistent excellence. Talent wise, he's the chosen one, there's no doubt about it.


Yeah I mean he’s literally 19, as Patrick McEnroe kept saying “he’s not supposed to be this composed/focused/etc”


Well, they both have Saturday off for a good reason then lol


He’s 19. Get him some Mountain Dew, little Caesar’s, and gummy bears and he can go two more weeks of 5 setters.


My man playing a grand slam finals , not call of duty on a midnight release


Im ded 💀.


The all American dietary experience also known as DK Metcalf’s diet


He'll sleep all day tomorrow and he'll be at 100% for Sunday


He was shouting “me sobra el físico” during the match, which translates to “ I have more than enough physical strength ”


For most players I think this could be a big factor, but his age probably helps tremendously. The #1 thing your body gets worse at as you age is recovery.


He plays 5 hour matches and looks like he can go for another couple hours still, dude is built different


I also had more energy when I was 19. Now I'm 37 and this morning I coughed and now I can't look to the left.


37 here also and when I get out of bed, it takes 30 seconds for my joints to start working so I can walk properly. Only started happening a few months ago 🤷‍♀️ I reckon it's coz I'm 38 next month and this is my life now


I never thought I'd see someone with the ability to bounce back like Rafa and Novak again but Carlos is doing it. He has the insane endurance they had at their peak


He needs to throw everything he has in the first few sets. His stamina is absolutely insane but imagine playing 4 consecutive 5 setters. That would be insane for anyone. Ruud would definitely be the favorite if it goes the distance. Even Peak Rafa was absolutely shattered after his match against Verdasco, according to his bio. He thought he wasn't going to be able to play


The battle for #1 is on. Whoever gets it 100% deserves it. I'm expecting another 5 setter lol.


Is this the first time in the open era that the #1 ranking goes to whoever wins in a slam final?


And both fighting for their first slam too, its wild


God do I want the answer to this - Sunday is going to be EPIC. Sold out show


Lendl-Wilander, US Open 1988. Mats had to win seven grand slams, and three in the same year before he got to the number 1 rank.


I think... it's happened before. I've been watching tennis my whole life and I vaguely remember "with #1 on the line!" happening before. **However** - I've never heard of *both* the #1 ranking and *first time slam winner* happening at the same time. Incredible


In 2016 Murray and Djokovic played in the WTF finals with #1 on the line but that wasn't a slam final, not sure of any other instance


I don't think so, but definitely the first time they're both contesting their first slam too.




My ability to recover from pretty brutal matches at 19 was insane, and I'm not even a fraction of the athlete he is. Tomorrow might suck a bit but I expect him to be good to go on Sunday I think we're all used to worrying about 30+ yr old players recovering in time. It's just different


When I was 19 I used to work 9 hours a day and go out 7 nights a week, and still be able to play 5 a side football 3 times in that week.


Four five setters (if they go the distance)


One of the players will both win their first slam final and also become #1 ranked, makes it all the more exciting


What an exciting way to battle for the number 1 ranking 🔥🔥🔥


I kinda hoped to see Nadal at no. 1 for the last time in his career but that's life. Fair play to both of them


If Ruud wins, Nadal will remain the leader in the race (points in 2022) which would put him in an excellent position to be year end #1.


I suspect Nadal might skip the rest of the season with his upcoming child


alcaraz better win it. it seems like just yesterday he was qualifying for AUS open


It was just yesterday. I have belly button lint older than him.


It should be an incredible final with so much on the line. I just hope that Carlos has time to recuperate after playing three very long matches in a row.


About 71% of the earth’s surface is covered by water, the rest is covered by Carlos Alcaraz.


The Rafole successor in terms of running everywhere fast as fuck for 5 hours


A Robbie Koenig classic


I can't believe (ok, I can, since apparently Alcaraz is a superhero) Alcaraz was able to shrug off losing all 4 tiebreaks against Sinner and Tiafoe to win both matches in 5 sets. That's incredible. All the people on this sub that whine about Alcaraz hype in absolute shambles lol, especially if he wins a major and becomes the youngest men's #1 ever (open era). Also John McEnroe was unbearable the first set constantly pointing out imaginary signs of fatigue/tiredness from the Sinner match, meanwhile Alcaraz is running around like a madman and playing electric points with his movement. Makes it even funnier that he was still doing it come the 5th set.


Tiafoe’s fighting spirit is commendable. However, his serves were simply too inconsistent to win the match. Hope to see Tiafoe and his beautiful smile win some trophies. Hats off to him for an incredible run. As far as Sunday goes, it’s going to make for a phenomenal final.


His on court interview just now was heartbreaking. He apologized for losing, but I think he should have tremendous pride in what he's accomplished at this tournament. Just remarkable


>apologized for losing Man, that got me! I know how it feels to feel like you’ve disappointed when you lose…but he shouldn’t! It was a well-fought battle to the end!


Yeah, his defeat over Nadal will be remembered and he beat some really good players along the way. As another comment said, it was incredible he made it so close while having such a bad night with his serve


Beyond incredible - essentially unheard of. 20% in a set and still just losing 6-3 is ridiculous stuff.


Carlos won 9 more games and won 29 more total points. Amazing how the tennis scoring system works.


He has also won 60 games in last 10 sets.


I didn't understand why they interviewed the loser of a semis like that. No one likes that moment: why not do it the normal way after they have had some time to recollect and recover themselves? A few minutes off?


Because he was (is?) the next great American hope (at least as far as the media goes).


Even if he lost here, I feel like this might be Tiafoe's break out performance.


Please don’t let this be the last time I can pull for Frances in the latter stages of a slam.


Best case scenario as a tennis fan would be Tiafoe making the leap to a consistent top player after this run, and Alcaraz beating Ruud to solidify himself as the youngest no.1 ever (no offense to Ruud, who seems like a good guy, but Carlos is clearly vastly more talented).


I don't care who you are, recovering from 3 5 setters and 15 hours in grueling slugfests is gonna be tough. He definitely is more talented, but Ruud is going to be way fresher. It'll be interesting no matter what though.


Being 19 is going to help a lot


I hope Ruud wins because everyone who isn't Alcaraz needs to get in slams while they can.


Alcaraz may dominate, but people have been living through the big 3 era too long. They forget that such consistency is abnormal. It’s hard to win 7 straight matches. Injuries happen. Off days happen. Opponents play way above their usual level especially when your number 1 and have that target on your back. The big 3 were insane for they’re ability to not have let downs, stay healthy, and weather opponents playing the best tennis of their lives. While Alcaraz clearly has all the tools, where he has the intangibles necessary to be as consistent as the big 3 is still an open question that won’t be answered for at least a couple years.


I think he should work a bit on fitness. He was completely gassed by the 5th.


I feel like this is never the case :(


He’s really upped his overall consistency in the past year. Very effective relationship with his most recent coach (Wayne Ferreira, who as a pro was a top ten player for a decade as mostly a smart player without any particular overwhelming traits).


Right? I was rooting for Tiafoe but man it can be so demoralizing to play Alcaraz with his stamina and power. Lobbing on a full stretch on the run. Can't do much except give props to Alcaraz. Hope Tiafoe takes this in stride and continues this form!


For him to make it so close with his serve so off is remarkable. I’ve never watched much tennis but tiafoe is local to me and made me proud


I definitely think tiafoe was outplayed throughout this match, but he showed his grit during big moments in both tiebreakers


I'm pretty sure he broke the USO record for most consecutive tiebreakers won according to the commentators, going 8-0 this tournament


Tiafoe's heart and guts kept him in this as much as his tennis. I don't think that's a controversial thing to say after watching that. I still can't believe he completed the fourth set comeback.


I agree. He still played his heart out…but the sooner he gets that serve under control, the more likely this dream run can repeat over and over again!


Watching Big Foe in tears was painful 😢


Tiafoe taking it to 5 sets showed a lot of heart and will power. Because Alcaraz seems to be considerably better all around.


Battle for number 1 and first grand slam title Sunday, cannot wait!


not to mention youngest male number 1


I hope Alcaraz: (i) took an ice bath after that match, (ii) sleeps for 13 hours tonight, (iii) eats phenomenally today when he wakes up, (iv) takes a couple more ice baths throughout the day, and (v) sleeps another 13 hours before the final.


I think you left out the massages.


Alcaraz v Ruud. Grand slam final with the number 1 ranking on the line. THE FUTURE IS NOW.


ehhh its nice seeing other young players look amazing but Nadal is always a threat for RG no matter what, and then it's not like Djokovic has retired. A future alcaraz vs djokovic matchup would be fucking nuts tho


Can’t underestimate what winning a major does for a player as young as Alcaraz. Novak is still the king of the mental game but once you’ve won one, it certainly takes a weight off of you


It did not work for theim lol (but actually I'm very sad about it)


If Alcaraz had a marginally more developed first serve he would've cruised through these matches.


Did Khachanov also get an interview after he lost like Tiafoe? Or is this because he is a player from the home country? Alcaraz is already getting the casual fans rooting for him even though he's 19. All the long matches might fatigue him though.


I’m not sure but I think it was an option for the loser on whether or not they wanted to give an interview in the SFs. I loved hearing the emotion pouring out of Frances and him telling everyone he’d win it someday!


They asked Sinner aswell but he declined.


Another great win for Carlos Alcaraz. It’s absolutely remarkable that a 19 year old has the physical stamina to play these very long matches at a frequently high level. Significant props also to Frances Tiafoe, who showed he may be reaching his potential. He’s been plagued by within match inconsistency throughout much of his career, but his wins over Nadal and Rublev and valiant showing against Alcaraz showed he it is possible he may be turning a corner in that regard.


The. Real. Deal. What a turnaround that was, to keep cool and finish the match after those tiebreaks, over 4 hours of play, and after the previous 5-hour QF is just special What an exciting and meaningful final we have in store, both for the #1 ranking and for a first Grand Slam! And just like the women's final, between the #1 and #2 ranked players on Monday(wonder how long it's been since both finals at a slam were like that) Can't wait!


The energy in the arena live when alcaraz won that insane point to get to 6-6 in the first was the highlight of the night. Alcaraz was simply just the more consistently better player and the score line shows it. I can’t believe the energy Frances created out of nowhere to battle continuously in the 4th. He went from looking slouched and slumped over to matching alcaraz again and it was really good to watch. Hope this is a breakthrough for Frances as well instead of a random peaking. What a fun match when it was close and what a fun time Sunday will be as well.


Carlitos insane running lobs>>>everything


THE REAL DEAL. Back-to-Back-to-Back 5 setters. Wow. Valiant fight from Tiafoe, but not enough to deny greatness in the end.


Alcaraz just wants to break Nishikori's record for most 5 set wins.


I absolutely love watching this kid. It seems like his only weaknesses are underdeveloped strengths. I've become a huge Carlitos fan this year. Can't wait to watch him continue to grow!


Hell of a match. Really should have been 3 sets with how Tiafoe served - incredible grit by him to get it to 5 sets. Amazing performance, deserves the tiebreak record and damn proud as an American. I hope this is the spark he needs to get to the next level. What can you even say about Carlos? He’s got all the game in the world, but his composure is just otherworldly. Once he develops a bit more of a killer instinct, my god is he going to be incredible. Will be rooting for him come Sunday.


The absolute gall to play the three best matches of the tournament in a row


Credit where credit's due, Tiafoe put up quite a fight, but the simple truth is the better player won. Tennis is a cruel sport often, but this result is fair.


Are we sure Alcaraz isn't a 600 year old vampire? There's no way this kid was born in 2003


I know. It’s like he doesn’t get nervous. He almost never pushes the ball, always so aggressive and smooth with his strokes.


2003 = year Federer won his first slam 2003 = year Carlos Alcaraz was born 23 = number of Slams he will win to break all time record **/s** (Well maybe idk thank God he picked up a tennis racket instead of deciding to be the best player at like any other sport)


Alcaraz is terrifying, what a talent.


Ruud vs Alca for 1st GS and #1. This is a fucking great final.


How did Alcaraz make some of those top spin lobs in the 5th set. Some of the most mind-blowing stuff I've seen on the court in recent memory


Delpo was just asked what he would say to Frances, and he just said he would be going after the interview to give him a hug. Delpo and hugs, nothing like it.


I want a hug from Delpo! But he’d probably want me to stay far, far away after seeing my forehand technique lol


this match showed me the importance of surrounding yourself with the right people. honestly, both players do this so well: carlitos would look at his box whenever he needed support, and it would lift his mood; same with big foe (him and his girlfriend are massive goals, she was supporting him at all moments). both very promising fighters with a good head on their shoulders


Alcaraz loves taking the long scenic route to victory doesnt he


It builds character.


I hope Shapo/FAA are watching these matches and understand that they need to step up their progression or they're at serious risk of being left behind.


“I’m gonna come back and I will win this thing one day” This is Tiafoe’s origin story.


What a game. Incredible, fucking love tennis.


this truly is a marker of the new era. incredible tennis all around. this tournament has blown my mind. so many supercharged, must watch matches. ruud vs alcaraz. my body is ready


Tiafoe speech made me sad. He didn’t let us down that’s for sure. Big fan of big foe!


Where are all of the "Alcaraz is overrated" folks?


We had an "Alcaraz will never win a Slam" post before, peak reddit 🤡


he's 19. how can any one say that?


Never underestimate the silliness of this sub


I argued with a couple guys a few months back that Alcaraz has a realistic chance of getting world No. 1 by atleast the end of the year. Since he was No2 in the live race back then and we have seen in Miami that he can play hardcourts.


If he loses the final I'm sure they'll be coming out of the woodwork again. But to me that's exactly how you know someone isn't overrated, when they've already accomplished so much they already have haters afraid of him accomplishing even more.


Crazy that Tiafoe pushed that to 5 while serving about 0.05% 1st serves


We are so blessed. We get two amazing finals, one between the two best players the WTA has to offer right now, and the other between two men fighting for both No. 1 and the trophy.


Men and Women's singles finals are between their respective live no. 1 and 2, what a way to end the year


Ruud is in great form also and has played far less than Alcaraz, he’s played relatively short matches aside from his Paul match and that was third round. Alcaraz has now played three four hour plus five set matches back to back so if that affects him enough especially Ruud could absolutely have a shot. Will be fun to watch, ah what a tournament for the game, the last few matches have been epic. we can hope this one will be no different, but gonna be fun to see what Ruud can do, a lot at stake in many ways. A unique final it’s gonna be. But knowing Carlos’ fitness, going in Alcaraz is the favorite. He’s in stupid good form unfortunately for casper


Carlos, wow! I think everyone knows what this kid can do. Hopefully we get another stellar show in the finals. And Frances, you're an inspiration man! The fight you fought even though things weren't working out for you tonight, with that smile on your face. Hope you hold your head up high, you didn't disappoint anyone with that performance. Will forever be a fan of you Big Foe!


Tiafoe will be back. He played amazing and he’s young. He’ll only get better from here


As someone on pacific time, I am excited to wake up at a reasonable time on Monday morning, block my work calendar that morning lol and watch the crowing of a new world number 1. I truly have no favourite between the two young guys, whoever comes out in top, I’ll celebrate with pure joy 🤩


Just an incredible match from both players. I found myself just cheering for good rallies and smart hitting, and both players were performing exceptionally well. This and the Sinner match felt like finals to me, and also felt like the tennis I remember from years ago, when Fed and Nadal were head to head and at their peek. Great stuff. Loved it.


As someone who hasn't been able to follow tennis lately - where on earth has Tiafoe come from? Since when was he battling for GS finals?


Imagine, Carlos can win the title and become #1! I think he will break so many records with that. He has so many lives! Unbelievable!


God had mercy with other professional tennis players by not giving Alcaraz a strong serve. Only 5 aces in the 5 hour Sinner match and only 6 aces here with Foe. He would demolish everyone left and right with a Kyrgios/Isner serve.


That’ll come with age and more coaching. Man’s 19 and serve strength will come with time, along with everything else. That’s part of what makes his game so scary, his forehand is already wicked


First Slam final for Alcaraz, 3 straight 5 setters as well.


All we can hope for is another 5 setter in the final, with a fifth set tiebreak.


You want to kill the guy don’t you?


Even if he lost, this quote really made me reflect who Frances is: "I'm putting my heart in the fucking line" Damn, what a player


They’ve both grown so much. Carlos is just at another level rn and i love it, he’s so good. can’t wait to see him (hopefully) win


What a final it will be!


Man I’m rooting for Casper but dude is lucky…. not a single top 10 player en route (granted neither did alcaraz but you can compare the competition), and alcaraz played 3 5 setters in a row. And I still take alcaraz in 4 but hopefully JAAAA can do something


Tiafoe said in his speech he's sorry for letting everyone down. I would assure him he did nothing of the sort. You had an exceptional run that we are all proud of. Keep grinding and come back stronger next year, the crowd will be ready to back you again.


I think Tiafoe lost the game strategically. You cant win playing so many short balls and slow second serves vs arguably the best defense in the world... Sinner knew he had to play deadly long shots every time to have a good chance, and he sure did. The longer you rally, the worse you are vs Alcaraz. Tiafoe got these aspects better too late, and not enough well. ​ Its gonna be interesting to see what Rudd comes up with here, because it seems like they got a similar style, with Alcaraz being a bit faster and Ruud a bit stronger (from what I perceive).


Big foe :(


Didn't think Tiafoe was out of it until the final point. Outstanding effort and a breakout performance from him at this US Open. Alcaraz, though, is something quite special. Thought he made the wrong decision on the first match point. Then he tightened up in the 4th set, especially late in the tiebreak. But he bounced back. Amazing effort to get through 2 incredible matches in a row. He brushes off adversity as well as any kid I can remember. Didn't think this kid was ready for a slam coming into this tournament, but here he is playing for one. A joy to watch and super pumped to see him in a GS final this early in his career.


Good shit Frances Good shit Carlito What a fucking match


Alcaraz played unreal tennis in the 2nd and 3rd sets. He'd beat anybody with that energy and talent.


Man if Tiafoe increases his first serve % and stamina, he can be top 5 IMO


I love Tiafoe's heart. he's a fighter


I was rooting for Frances but I really love both of these guys.


Insane game. Great hitting by Tiafoe as he got to turn that 4th set around. All in all, great play by both! This is definitely up there with the Sinner match in terms of quality


I’m happy for Carlos. I was rooting for Frances, but Carlitos was just too good.


Great match. You'll get em next time Tiafoe!


Does whoever loses become #2?


Yes :)


Do you guys remember 1-2 years ago when everyone was talking about the big 3 retiring meaning tennis was about to become somehow less interesting? Yeah...


Anyone knows the time on court between Alca and Ruud?


This final is too exciting, I am not used to this anymore.


The herculean mental & physical fortitude of Carlos is jaw dropping. He chased every ball down like his life depended on it, didn't let losing the tiebreaks (consecutive ones from Sinner's match) get to him and continued to fight on. I was worried that his physical body wouldn't hold up in the 5th set but he just toughens it out. No one can argue that his path to the finals was easy (Baez, Coria, Brooksby, Cilic, Sinner, Tiafoe & Ruud; and he could've met Rafa & Meddy as well if they weren't knocked out earlier). 3 hardcore 5-setters in a row, not many can hold up physically to such a strenuous task. The thing I love about him the most is that he demands and inspires his opponents to play the best tennis they're capable of because if they don't, they've got no chance against him. His opponent peaks when they play him, it's amazing. Vamos Carlitos! Always onwards & upwards!!


Tiafoe/Alcaraz got NFL players tweeting about tennis. Big Three could never.


I never really watched tennis before this and holy cow I might have just become a fan. That was intense.


Props to Tiafoe, what a tournament He had but Carlitos is making history. The kid is special and it would be a pleasure to watch him grown in the next few years. Vamos Charlie!!


Back to back winning 3 5 setters is freaky enough! God forbid winning the final in 5 on Friday... Remember Robredo winning 3 5 setters in a row not sure who has won 4 in the same slam


His goal was to end top 10 at the end of the year. I can't believe he's going to be fighting for the #1! Dude's just built different


I wish Alcaraz will further develop his serve though to make him less prone to being broken back.


This kid future going to be insane


Alcaraz living up to all the hype. From starting as 32nd seed at Australian Open, to a potential grand slam and #1 year end is absolutely insane.


Great composure from both of them. No rackets broken, positive energy, Alcaraz showing love for Tiafoe after the match. Good vibes all around. I really hope this won’t be the only slam run for Francis.