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First Grand Slam title for Dominic Thiem

ByRoborto Sykes

Sep 14, 2020
This time it’s the right one for Dominic Thiem! After two failures in the Roland-Garros final against Rafael Nadal and then losing to Novak Djokovic last January at the Australian Open, the Austrian holds his first Grand Slam title, succeeding the list of winners of the ‘US Open to a certain Rafael Nadal … but this final was not at all easy for the world number 3 against an Alexander Zverev who had taken this meeting from the right end. Faced with an opponent who, like Naomi Osaka, completely missed the start of the match. After a convincing first serve, the Austrian gave up his serve for the first time. Alexander Zverev, lining up the shutouts, was not worried then, in the seventh game, he again found the loophole in the throw-in of the 3rd player in the world to sign the double break and, in the process, pocket the first round (6-2 in 31 minutes). The second set went in the same direction. After winning his initial face-off, not without saving a break point, Dominic Thiem gave in to the blows of the German who lined up five games in a row before offering himself two first set points on his service. opponent, all missed. It was at this point that the Austrian rebellion began to take shape and this long-purring final finally climbed into the towers.

Thiem never abdicated

Indeed, after saving a fourth ball in the second set, Dominic Thiem was able to erase one of his two late breaks but, in the end, he only delayed the deadline. Alexander Zverev finally won the second set on his serve (6-4 in 49 minutes). The world number 7 then touched his first Grand Slam title when he broke the Austrian entry in the third round. But, far from abdicating, the latter increased the pressure to immediately make a comeback after a very tough game with three ties. The debates of this final of the US Open were definitely balanced between the two players, who held their service until the tenth game when, on his first opportunity, Dominic Thiem erased half of his delay (6-4 in 51 minutes). This final then changed tone with Alexander Zverev becoming more and more nervous when his opponent became more and more solid. Both players put the power to the test during the first seven games of the fourth set, with the German having two break points to save at that point. After having had two chances to win his serve, Alexander Zverev gave up his serve and allowed Dominic Thiem to come back in full force, snatching a decisive set, the fourth in the last four finals of a Grand Slam tournament, on a shutout (6-3 in 43 minutes).

At the end of his strength, Thiem had the last word

On his momentum, Dominic Thiem broke from the start but the number 5 seed of this US Open immediately had the response, taking advantage of a double fault from his opponent to come back to height. After this break exchange, both players regained their quality of service, neither of the two managing to endanger the other but everything changed in the eighth game. More aggressive in the game and in return, playing more towards the end. ‘Before, Alexander Zverev went for the break to afford the opportunity to conclude this final on his service. Tense, the German lost the thread of his game and offered the breakthrough to Dominic Thiem on a platter on a serve-volley totally missed. In a completely unbreathable end to the match, the German let his chance slip, which the Austrian did not do. Chaining three games in a row including two breaks, the world number 3 in turn offered himself the opportunity to serve for his first Grand Slam title … but, after being manipulated in the right thigh during the change of side for cramps, Dominic Thiem missed his service game and offered the tiebreak to his opponent. A decisive game that the two players played with the little strength they had left and Alexander Zverev will probably regret his two double faults. Because, after missing two first chances to win, it was Dominic Thiem who became the 150th different player to win a Grand Slam title (2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 in 4h05 ‘). A final which will have been breathless from the first to the last point.

US OPEN (New York, United States, Grand Slam, hard outside, € 45,000,000)
Title holder: Rafael Nadal (ESP)

Final
Thiem (AUT, n ° 2) beats A.Zverev (ALL, n ° 5): 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (6)

Semi-finals
A.Zverev (ALL, n ° 5) beats Carreno Busta (ESP, # 20): 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3
Thiem (AUT, n ° 2)
beats Medvedev (RUS, # 3): 6-2, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (5)

Quarter-finals
Carreno Busta (ESP, n ° 20) beats Shapovalov (CAN, n ° 12): 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4), 0-6, 6-3
A.Zverev (ALL, n ° 5) beats Coric (CRO, n ° 27): 1-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (1), 6-3
Medvedev (RUS, n ° 3) beats Rublev (RUS, # 10): 7-6 (6), 6-3, 7-6 (5)
Thiem (AUT, n ° 2) beats De Minaur (AUS, n ° 21): 6-1, 6-2, 6-4

Round of 16
Carreno Busta (ESP, n ° 20) beats Djokovic (SER, n ° 1): 6-5, disqualification
Shapovalov (CAN, n ° 12) beats Goffin (BEL, n ° 7): 6-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3
Coric (CRO, n ° 27) beats Thompson (AUS): 7-5, 6-1, 6-3
A.Zverev (ALL, n ° 5) beats Davidovich Fokina (ESP): 6-2, 6-2, 6-1

Rublev (RUS, n ° 10) beats Berrettini (ITA, n ° 6): 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3
Medvedev (RUS, n ° 3) beats Tiafoe (USA): 6-4, 6-1, 6-0
De Minaur (AUS, n ° 21) beats Pospisil (CAN): 7-6 (6), 6-3, 6-2
Thiem (AUT, n ° 2) beats Auger-Aliassime (CAN, n ° 15): 7-6 (4), 6-1, 6-1

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