US Open: Dominic Thiem defeats Alexander Zverev in epic men’s final | Tennis News

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Dominic Thiem won his first Grand Slam title at the US Open

Dominic Thiem made a remarkable comeback to seal his first Grand Slam title in the fourth attempt as he defeated Alexander Zverev 2-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 7-6 (8-6) in the final of the ‘US Open on Sunday.

Thiem could barely walk, but he finally seized the opportunity to step out of the shadow of his illustrious contemporaries to win his first Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows.

Second-seeded Thiem had lost his three previous Grand Slam finals – twice to Rafael Nadal at the French Open and world number 1 Novak Djokovic in Australia earlier this year, but he ultimately crossed the line here in New York under unique circumstances.

With the sport’s big three Djokovic, Nadal and Roger Federer all missing from the last Flushing Meadows weekend this year, tennis now has a new Grand Slam champion in Thiem for the first time since Marin Cilic landed the title here in 2014.

We have done great things on the pitch, as well as off the pitch. It’s amazing how much our journey has brought us to share this moment. I really wish we could have two winners. We both deserve it. I remember you said to me: “You will get there”. I’ll tell you the same thing. You are going to be successful and you will definitely bring it home one day.

Thiem paid tribute to Zverev, who are very good friends

Zverev, 23, is the youngest male Grand Slam finalist in a decade – since Djokovic in 2010 – and he was looking to become the first German man to win the US Open since Boris Becker in 1989.

He also wanted revenge after losing to Thiem in their Australian Open semi-final earlier this year and he got off to a perfect start breaking in Game 3 with brutal blows.

Zverev struggled to find anything like his best form for most of this tournament, but swung freely and aggressively to bring him to Thiem, who looked nervous.

He proved to be the dominant force with another break in Game 7 before serving Game 1 in just 30 minutes. He lost just three points on serve, which peaked at 138 mph, along with 16 winners.

Thiem demonstrated a deep understanding of his opponent’s game and headed for the final after winning seven of his previous nine games, but the head-to-head record went out the window on Arthur Ashe Stadium as a 27-year-old Austria is still behind at the start of the next one.

The wake-up call was ringing for Thiem when more mistakes helped him fall 4-1. The next two games were served with a serve before the second seed made his first serve break of the game. A wonderful hit on the stretch helped Thiem reduce the deficit further, but Zverev’s serve and volley tactics allowed him to close it and move away a set from his first Grand Slam.

Alexander Zverev vs Dominic Thiem: Match statistics

Zverev Match statistics Thiem
15 As 8
15 Double faults 8
70% First serve win percentage 68%
41% 2nd serve win percentage 48%
8/18 Break points earned 7/13
52 Total winners 43
64 Unforced errors 55
43/66 Net points earned 23/31
159/322 Total points earned 163/322
As well as leading by two sets to love, Zverev also served for the game in the fifth set.

As well as leading by two sets to love, Zverev also served for the game in the fifth set.

Thiem, who was troubled by an Achilles problem suffered in his semi-final victory over Daniil Medvedev, appeared to be doing quite well but he was up against a player who appeared to be on a mission.

Zverev had the trophy in his sights when he broke for 2-1 but Thiem, encouraged by his coach Nicolas Massu, somehow found a second wind to strike back immediately. The set went on with a serve until Game 10 when Zverev threw in some mediocre serves under pressure to get his opponent back into the game.

A tenacious Thiem felt the fear in Zverev’s arm to fight the momentum. He made a crucial breakthrough in Game 8 of the fourth set before serving it to send a drama-filled final in a decisive shootout.

The match had a very different complexion as Thiem tried to become the first man in the Open era to come back from straight sets to win the final in New York.

The pair traded breaks early in the fifth before the bout turned into a rocking endurance battle until the eighth game when Zverev opened up a breaking point opportunity, which he seized after forcing a Thiem injured in a backhand error.

Serving his first major title, the fifth-seeded failed to seize his big chance in a tension-filled game full of mistakes, as Thiem fought back.

At 5-5, Zverev completed his serve, pulling his forehand long to the break point to give Thiem his chance to serve the game, but not before calling his coach for a thigh massage.

There are special people missing from the crowd today. I want to thank my parents. They are always with me. Unfortunately my mom and dad tested positive for Covid before the tournament and they couldn’t be with me. I miss them. Dude it’s hard. I’m sure that even though I lost they are quite proud and I wish one day I could take this trophy home.

Zverev burst into tears at the post-match ceremony

Thiem is the first player to win the US Open / US Championships title after two sets since Pancho Gonzales in 1949.

Thiem is also the first player to win a Grand Slam title in straight sets since Gaston Gaudio at Roland Garros in 2004.

Incredibly, the German broke to send a remarkable game in a decisive tie-break. Thiem, physically ill, hobbled at the back of the field, troubled by cramps in addition to his injury to Achilles.

Two double faults from Zverev gave Thiem the mini-advantage before surviving two league points. He quickly set up a third chance and this time it happened as Zverev landed his backhand wide wide. Thiem collapsed at court in celebration and exhaustion before sharing an emotional embrace with his defeated opponent.

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