Celebrities, fans and ex-players SHOW UP for incredible Frances Tiafoe-Carlos Alcaraz semi-final

‘I’ve watched every US Open since 1980 and this is the most amazing tennis I’ve ever seen!’: Celebrities, fans and ex-players FREAKING over the incredible Frances Tiafoe-Carlos Alcaraz semi-final battle as the pair show exactly why they are the future of the sport

  • American Frances Tiafoe faces Carlos Alcaraz for a place in the US Open final
  • The couple put on an incredible display of talent to wow fans around the world on Friday
  • Celebrities and former players were among those who watched the match unfold
  • One fan said it was the “most amazing tennis” he had seen in 42 years of watching

Fans, celebrities and former players praised Francis Tiafoe and Carlos Alcaraz after they delivered a tennis showdown for the ages at the US Open on Friday night.

The young pair showed exactly why they are the future of the sport, putting on a mesmerizing display of talent to leave the crowd at Arthur Ashe – and at home on their sofas – gasping in amazement.

In fact, one fan claimed she had watched “every US Open since 1980… and this is the most amazing tennis I’ve ever seen.”

Celebrities, fans and ex-players SHOW UP for incredible Frances Tiafoe-Carlos Alcaraz semi-final

A tennis fan said she has not seen a more amazing tennis match in 42 years of watching

Carlos Alcaraz is only 19 and it's scary to think how good he can be in the future

Carlos Alcaraz is only 19 and it’s scary to think how good he can be in the future

Former First Lady Michelle Obama watched in amazement from the courtyard as Arthur Ashe

Former First Lady Michelle Obama watched in amazement from the courtyard as Arthur Ashe

Tiafoe announced himself on the world stage at this year's US Open

The American screams with joy - he had the crowd behind him in Arthur Ashe

Tiafoe announced himself on the world stage at this year’s US Open at Flushing Meadows

The Points drew regular ovations in Queens on Friday night as the battle heated up under the lights of a packed Arthur Ashe.

A final showdown with Norway’s Casper Rudd was at stake for the winner and it was clear that both were desperate to book their place in a first Grand Slam final.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama, NBA star Bradley Beal and tennis legend Martina Navratilova (plus her dog!) were all courtside and wouldn’t leave disappointed after the thrilling action on center court.

On social media, fans were quick to praise both players, who both walked away with plenty of respect from their home crowd, regardless of winner and loser.

One tennis fan wrote: “This Tiafoe-Alcaraz tennis match is amazing. If you like tennis at all and aren’t watching, you’re missing out. Only in the second set too.’

Another noted: “What a match. Time to put on the Jammies and settle in. It’s going to be a long night. Go @FTiafoe!’

Fans took to Twitter in droves to celebrate incredible tennis in Queens

Fans took to Twitter in droves to celebrate incredible tennis in Queens

NBA superstar Bradley Beal - and Tiafoe's friend - watched the game from the court

NBA superstar Bradley Beal – and Tiafoe’s friend – watched the game from the court

The feelings of many, however, were summed up by the fan who said: “I don’t care if you’ve never watched a tennis match in your life. Watch Alcaraz-Tiafoe right now.’

American tennis legend Tracy Austin also took to social media to share her thoughts, writing: “The speed of these two is insane!! It’s like playing in fast forward.

A brutal night on the field rolled through the crowd as the players dazzled with near-miraculous foot speed and powerful base rallies.

The match went on for hours and the fans loved every second as they watched from home

The match went on for hours and the fans loved every second as they watched from home

Arthur Ashe was packed for the second of two men's singles semi-finals on Friday

Arthur Ashe was packed for the second of two men’s singles semi-finals on Friday

US tennis legend Tracy Austin said it was like watching the players 'fast forward'

US tennis legend Tracy Austin said it was like watching the players ‘fast forward’

The Alcaraz box cheers their man on during the match, which continued long into the night

The Alcaraz box cheers their man on during the match, which continued long into the night

The 19-year-old Spaniard makes a brilliant return to the net during his match against Tiafoe

The 19-year-old Spaniard makes a brilliant return to the net during his match against Tiafoe

Martina Navratilova - and her dog Lulu - watches... the pair were regulars at Ashe

Martina Navratilova – and her dog Lulu – watches… the pair were regulars at Ashe

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