A pair of familiar faces at River Oaks Country Club are into the semifinals at the US Open. Frances Tiafoe has broken through to reach his first-ever Grand Slam semifinal while Casper Ruud has reached the final four just three months after reaching the final at the French Open.
These Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship participants will contest their semifinal matches Friday at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York.
Tiafoe’s path to the US Open semifinals final has included a win over Rafael Nadal to snap the 22-time Major champion’s Grand Slam winning streak at 22 matches in the fourth round. Nadal is the only player to win a set over Tiafoe through five matches in New York.
The next step for Tiafoe will be a Friday tussle with 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz. Tiafoe won their only previous meeting, which came at Barcelona in 2021.
The 24-year-old Tiafoe has played at River Oaks four times, including a run to the singles quarterfinals this year and a runner-up finish in doubles in 2017.
Following his runner-up result at Roland Garros, Ruud has reached the final four in New York with his toughest test coming at the hands of another River Oaks regular, Tommy Paul, who pushed the Norwegian to five sets in the third round.
Ruud was finalist at US Clay in his only previous appearance in 2019. In April, Ruud was forced to withdraw from River Oaks this year due to an emergency wisdom tooth surgery after reaching the Miami Open final. His father, Christian, is his coach, and was a River Oaks International champion.
Ruud will face Karen Khachanov on Friday. He won their only previous meeting, which took place at Rome in 2020.
Both semifinal matches will air on ESPN.