Top seed Frances Tiafoe headlines the final four at the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship which will see both semifinals as well as the championship match contested Sunday.
The 25-year-old Tiafoe is seeking a spot in his sixth career ATP Tour final and is bidding to win his second title. He’s the only player among the last four to have won an ATP title.
Tiafoe will face Houston-born Gijs Brouwer while the other semifinal features No. 8 seed Tomas Martin Etcheverry facing qualifier Yannick Hanfmann.
At No. 15, Tiafoe would be the highest ranked Houston champion and first top seed to win the title since No. 4 Andy Roddick in 2005. He is trying to become the first No. 1 seed to reach the US Clay final since Nicolas Almagro in 2013.
While Tiafoe seeks his first title since winning at Delray Beach in 2018, the other three semifinalists are looking to be the first to win their maiden title at River Oaks since Cristian Garin in 2019.
Brouwer, 27, was playing just his third quarterfinal, having first reached that round last year in Houston, the city where he was born. River Oaks in 2022 is also where he earned his first-ever ATP match win.
This will be the first meeting between Tiafoe and Brouwer.
Etcheverry, 23, is through to the second semifinal of his career after reaching his first career final at Santiago last month.
Hanfmann, 31, is bidding to reach his third career ATP final, the previous two also came on clay. The former USC Trojan would be the fifth player over the age of 30 to win the US Clay title in the Open Era and first since Fernando Verdasco in 2014. At No. 134, he would be the highest ranked US Clay champion since No. 148 Juan Monaco in 2016.
He is the second qualifier in three years to reach the semifinals after Daniel Elahi Galan in 2019. He is bidding to be the first qualifier to reach the US Clay final since Mariano Zabaleta in 2007. Fernando Gonzalez is the only qualifier to win the US Clay title, doing so in 2000 in Orlando.
This will be the first meeting between Etcheverry and Hanfmann.
After both semifinals begin during the 1 o’clock hour, the title match will begin at 7 p.m.
Stadium Court matches will be available to watch live on the ESPN App.