Carlos Alcaraz and Frances Tiafoe win US Open semifinals in New York

Carlos Alcaraz defeats Frances Tiafoe at the US Open semifinals in a battle of tennis’ rising stars

Hoping to add to his impressive 2018 season, Carlos Alcaraz, left, and Frances Tiafoe were given a chance for revenge in the US Open semifinals on Friday night in New York.

After trailing 2-0, as Frances Tiafoe fell in a thrilling U.S. Open semifinal in New York Friday, the rising American star turned to his coach and smiled to himself.

“You have to be a little bit mentally tough,” Tiafoe, 22, said. “I’ve been practicing for so long, it’s fun for me to just come in and just feel it. Even more fun if I can put some shots together to win.

“It’s really fun. I really enjoyed playing with him. It’s an honor being his coach. He’s an excellent player. He’s a good person, he’s a good kid. He just wants to win on the biggest level. That’s all he wants.”

It was easy to see why in the second set against the No. 18-ranked American, who will meet No. 16 seed Rafael Nadal in the championship on Saturday at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Alcaraz began the second with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over rising star Milos Raonic, who won his first US Open title and his first at No. 3 in a thrilling final against No. 1 Djokovic.

Then came Tiafoe.

The 17-year-old from Connecticut, who turned pro in November after winning the US Open junior boys’ title, showed off his prodigious talent by dominating a rain-shortened second round against 18-year-old American wild-card player Kevin van Cleeff.

The young Canadian from British Columbia used a variety of strokes to close out the match on the trot but made sure

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