Number 49 in the world, Tiafoe took a hard-fought 3: 6, 7: 5, 6: 2 and reached his first final of the season, where he meets the German runner-up Alexander Zverev, who takes the Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz at 6 : 3 defeated, 6-3.

Frances Tiafoe came after a set with a 2: 5 deficit against Jannik Sinner in Vienna. AP

Vienna: The American qualifier Frances Tiafoe fought from one set and 3-0 to astound Jannik Sinner in form and to reach the Vienna ATP final on Saturday.

Tiafoe, number 49 in the world , took a hard-fought 3: 6, 7: 5, 6: 2 and reached his first final of the season, where he meets the German runner-up Alexander Zverev, who defeated the Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz 6-3, 6-3 .

“It’s been a long week for me,” said Tiafoe, after playing eleven of the last 13 games against Italian champion Sinner in Antwerp last weekend and chasing a place in the ATP final.

“I was trying to have fun with it and get the crowd involved and I could see if he got a little nervous.

” I know how to get the audience behind me, some jokes and that and then I started playing amazingly. The audience made the difference.

18-year-old Alcaraz stole the show on his way to a first-ever ATP 500 semifinals this week.

He was nervous in the last set tie-break in the quarterfinals on Friday keep to beat Wimbledon runner-up Matteo Berrettini 6-1, 6-7 (2/7), 7-6 (7/5).

But against a dominant Zverev, who after a Hour and eight minutes with an ace secured victory, he could no longer cope.

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Kooyong President Adam Cossar said he was disappointed that the event couldn’t take place in January 2022 but hoped it would return in 2023.

Thursday’s win marked Tiafoe’s first win in seven games against a top-3 player when Tsitsipas hit his career-high No. 3 in August.

While Federer falls, there is a career high ranking of 11 for the Italian Jannik Sinner.

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