July 14th, 2024

Defending Wimbledon champion Carlos Alcaraz comes back to beat Frances Tiafoe in the third round


By Howard Fendrich, The Associated Press on July 5, 2024.

Spectators walk around the venue as rain delays the start of play ahead of third round matches at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Friday, July 5, 2024. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

LONDON (AP) – Defending champion Carlos Alcaraz came back to eliminate Frances Tiafoe 5-7, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-2 to reach Wimbledon’s fourth round on Friday in an entertaining match between two pals that was filled with moments of brilliance and a series of momentum swings.

The third-seeded Alcaraz was outplayed for stretches by No. 29 Tiafoe but surged to the finish and improved to 12-1 for his career in fifth sets. Tiafoe fell to 6-13 in that category.

Tiafoe was not able to pull out what would have been a surprising victory for someone who arrived at Wimbledon with a sprained ligament in his right knee and a losing record this season.

He sure came close, though.

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AP tennis: https://apnews.com/hub/tennis

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