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2022 US Open: Who plays today September 9? Match times for the men’s semifinals

There will be a first-time Grand Slam winner in New York on Sunday as Casper Ruud, Karen Khachanov, Carlos Alcaraz and Frances Tiafoe head into the semis.

Update:
Alcaraz stands in the way of Tiafoe's fairytale of New York
JULIAN FINNEYAFP

A first-time men’s US Open winner will be crowned on Sunday in New York with the line-up for the last four featuring only one player who has contested a Grand Slam final. Casper Ruud takes on Karen Khachanov in the opening semifinal on Arthur Ashe, the Norwegian having reached the final at Roland Garros earlier in the summer, where he was inevitably soundly beaten by Rafael Nadal. The Norwegian has been in excellent form this season having never been beyond the fourth round of a major before 2022 and also reached his first ATP Masters final in Miami, where he was beaten by Carlos Alcaraz. Ruud is more attuned to clay courts – eight of his nine ATP Tour titles have been won on the crushed brick, one on hard at the ATP 250 in San Diego – but he possesses an all-round game suited to hard courts and will be the favourite against Khachanov, the 27th seed. The towering Russian is a former top 10 player and won the 2018 Paris hard court Masters and his run in Flushing Meadows has been impressive, accounting for the at-the-time odds-on favourite Nick Kyrgios in the quarters and 12th seed Pablo Carreño Busta in the fourth round. Both of those were five-setters and although Ruud has only been taken all the way once in New York, it would be no surprise if the first semifinal is a lengthy affair.

Alcaraz came though an epic five-setter against Jannik Sinner to reach the semis and needed the same number to get past Marin Cilic, which may hand Frances Tiafoe a slight advantage in the showcase event on Arthur Ashe, which is scheduled to start at 7pm EDT. Tiafoe beat Rafael Nadal in four in the fourth round to lay down his title credentials and backed that up with an impressive straight sets win over ninth seed Andrey Rublev in the quarters. Both players possess a wonderful array of shots and fans on Arthur Ashe for the evening session can expect one of the games of the tournament. The Spaniard is the highest seed remaining in the draw but Tiafoe will be backed to the hilt by a raucous stadium as he aims to become the first male US player to reach the final in New York since Andy Roddick in 2006.

US Open 2022: singles order of play for Friday Sept. 9

Arthur Ashe Stadium, (from 3pm ET)

  • Karen Khachanov (27) vs Casper Ruud (5)
  • Carlos Alcaraz (3) vs Frances Tiafoe (22)

US Open 2022: how to watch the men’s semifinals

The men’s semifinals will be aired on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews, ESPN+ and Tennis Channel. Matches will be streamed on ESPN+, the ESPN app and fuboTV.

Date: Friday, Sept. 9

Time: from 3pm ET

Location: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

TV: ESPN, Tennis Channel

Live stream: ESPN+, ESPN App, fuboTV

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