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Carlos Alcaraz vs. Frances Tiafoe US Open Odds, Preview, Prediction (September 8)

Alcaraz vs. Tiafoe Odds

Alcaraz odds -210
Tiafoe Odds +170
Total 39.5 (-110 / -110)
Time | How to watch 7 p.m. ET | ESPN
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History will be written this year at the US Open, and the winner of the event could very well come out of this semi-final between two young rising stars.

Carlos Alcaraz – at just 19 – is making his long-awaited debut in a Grand Slam semi-final and is just two wins away from first in what should be many Slam titles.

Frances Tiafoe – five years her senior – is the first American to reach the US Open semi-finals since Andy Roddick in 2006.

You will certainly witness one of the most anticipated matches of the Championships. How do you bet?

Let’s take a look at this game.

Alcaraz still underrated

Alcaraz is currently the best tennis player in the world. While there are active legends who have achieved more – as recently as this season – you wouldn’t pick anyone to win a game past this sensational teenager.

The Spaniard entered the US Open with questionable results at the recent Masters 1000 and a miss at Wimbledon, but he answered all questions asked about him.

Alcaraz proved he had the gas tank to play best-of-five tennis, going five straight sets and finishing after 2 a.m. ET in both matches. He beat tricky opponents along the way in Marin Cilic and Jenson Brooksby. He is ready for his moment.

His last match against Jannik Sinner is one that will be remembered for a long time, and it’s the one that should tell you everything you need to know about this upcoming match. Alcaraz painted lines, fought with all his heart and figured out how to return Sinner’s serve in the fifth set. He came back from two sets to one and saved a match point along the way.

Above all, Alcaraz faced just about the only player in the world who could match the pace of his forehand.

He also forced a fifth set without any sort of feeling on his cushioning before finding it in the fifth. It was an incredible fight for many reasons, but the fact that he faced an opponent who served incredibly and fired forehand and won without his best game for four sets should give him supreme confidence.

Tiafoe on a special trip

As he has done in recent years, Tiafoe has elevated his level to a true top 15 on the North American hard court swing. This time, however, he managed to maintain that level of play and achieve his best Grand Slam result to date.

The 24-year-old won a lot of new fans with his exciting game, and along the way he knocked out Rafael Nadal and Andrey Rublev – two of the top 10 players in the world. He brought a lot of points to the net and used his deft touch to win them.

Tiafoe mixed that with excellent backhand return and a service capped at 137 miles per hour.

His only weakness at this stage of the tournament, aside from nerves, would be his fitness. Never before had he gone so far in a Grand Slam, and in past Grand Slams he had simply run out of gas. Although he only lost one set in this tournament, it should be noted that after his victory over Andrey Rublev last year, he rode against Félix Auger-Aliassime.

To win this match, Tiafoe will have to rely heavily on his serve and play the brand of tennis he has played in the last two matches, which was based on limiting unforced errors.

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This is precisely the problem I have with Tiafoe’s support in this game. For Sinner to get a foothold in Wednesday’s clash with Alcaraz, he had to paint every line. It must have been too good to earn points from the baseline against Alcaraz, and even then he didn’t win the majority of them.

Sinner’s serve was an important factor, and for the second, third and fourth sets, Alcaraz struggled to return it. It should be noted that he booked the match with a great comeback in the first and last sets, and he also came back very well during his career.

I think Alcaraz is just a better and more talented player than Tiafoe, and I think by forcing him to go for lines he’s going to earn a ton of points and get a ton of unforced errors from Tiafoe’s racket .

There is also a big difference between facing Rafa, who has been slightly injured, and Rublev, who has bad hands, and Alcaraz. The front two could easily be beaten at net, and Alcaraz – with his speed and elite hands – won’t be.

Simply put, Alcaraz does everything better than Tiafoe except serve. I think this match goes to the Spaniard in five sets.

Take: Alcaraz Sets -1.5 (-130)