Austria’s second-seeded Dominic Thiem won his first Grand Slam title in an unbelievable comeback after losing the first two sets to Germany’s Alexander Zverev in a thrilling U.S. Open final.
Thiem was at the brink of defeat trailing 2-6, 4-6 in Arthur Ashe Stadium, but used every bit of his competition experience to win the next two sets 6-4, 6-3 and level-up.
Both men served for the match in the fifth set, Zverev at 5-3 and Thiem at 6-5, but neither came close to ending it. The four-hour long marathon final was ultimately decided in tie breaker, which Thiem won 8-6.
The fifth set, which was the most grueling, saw six breaks. With Zverev’s backhand drifting wide on match point, Thiem fell flat onto the court in celebration.
He is the first player in the Open era to win from two sets down in a US Open final.
“It was tough to stay there and to still believe, but I did,” Thiem said after the match. “It’s a Slam final…the belief was always there,” he told reporters.
“I wish we could have two winners today, we both deserve it,” Thiem said, giving equal credit to Zverev.
Thiem is the first Austrian to win US Open.
From the day Novak Djokovic was disqualified for accidentally hitting a ball on a line judge in his pre-quarter final match, it was clear that the 2020 US Open men’s category would end up with a new Grand Slam champion.
Earlier, No. 4 seed Naomi Osaka rallied past former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 to win the women’s singles title.
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