Dominic Thiem rallies to win the US Open in a 2-set deficit vs. Alexander Zverev in a 5th set tiebreaker

New York – a US Open unlike any other – Dominic Thiem became the first man in 71 years as a tiebreaker with an unprecedented fifth set to win the tournament final after dropping the opening two sets.

So close to the defeat at the nearly empty Arthur Ash Stadium – fans were banned because of the coronovirus epidemic – Thiem was slowly but surely turning against Alexander Zverev in a wobbling 2-6, 4-6, Won 6-4. , 6-3, 7-6 (6) to win their first Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows.

When a backhand from Zverev landed wide at the third championship point, a tired Thiem fell on his way behind the baseline and covered his face with his hands. When he was born, he was met by Zverev, who roamed the net in his hands, then hugged his friend and foe, two places rarely seen during this period of social distance.

Thiem rested his head on the shoulder of 23-year-old Jewreve of Germany, who himself came within two points of what would be his first major victory.

“I wish we had two winners today,” said Thiem. I think we both deserved it. ‘

The 27-year-old Austria was the first to win the American Grand Slam tournament after trailing 2–0 in sets in the finals, as it was then known and held as the US Championship in an event against Ted Schroeder in 1949. . In the forest hills.

The incident was never settled by a fifth set tiebreaker; Novak Djokovic did not give Roger Federer any major tournament until that time at Wimbledon in 2019.

“I wish you had missed a little more, I could have held that trophy,” ‘said Zverev, when he mentions his parents, he is shocked,’ But here I am giving the runner’s speech Am ”

As Thiem stepped towards posing for photos with his shiny new bit of hardware, Zarev lurched a few feet behind, one hand clutching his less impressive silver tray, the other hand on the hip.

The proceedings took 4 hours, 2 minutes. And to think: After just 1½ hours, Zverev broke into two sets and a third, 2–1.

But Zverev of all people should have known what must have seemed at the time as if there was an impossible hill for Thiam to climb, in fact, achievable. Finally, in Thursday’s semi-finals, it was Jewrev who trailed 2–0 in the set against Pablo Carreno Busta before coming back for the win.

Thiem started the day 0–3 in the final of the Grand Slam, but all three of them were always members of the Big Three of the Men’s Three. This time, he was the favorite and became irritable, but he eventually worked his way up, while Zverev became calm and confident with passive and pushed around.

The fifth set was back-to-back as the other four, with tensions arising and history in the offing.

Thiem broke in the opening game, when Zverev dangled a pair of forehand. Zverev broke right back – and “Come on!” – Kay pierced the silence with a rare cry when Thiem made a double-mistake.

It was then Zerev’s turn to overtake his nose, breaking for a 5-3 lead when Thiem sent a down-line backhand wide and bent, gasping for air.

But with a chance to score the biggest win of his nascent career, Zverev stumbled when he pushed a volley into the net.

A three-game game ensued for Thiem, who broke away to take a 6-5 lead, earning his chance to serve when Zverev netted a backhand, followed by a long forehand.

After a trainer checked on his right leg during the upcoming change, Thiem could not seal the deal, and they moved on to the tiebreaker.

While it was No. 7-ranked Zverev’s first slam final, it was to win No. 3-ranked Thiem for the first time, losing to 12-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros in 2018 and 2019, February 8. Was placed in Melbourne Park after eight-time Australian Open champion Djokovic – before the epidemic broke out in the world and kept tennis at an interval of five months.

Instead of greetings of wild applause and loud shouting great exchanges, the soundtrack Sunday mainly came from outside tennis’s biggest court, courtesy of roaring airplanes, stopping trains, rotating car engines Huay, playing horns and wavy sirens. The tournament received occasional polite applause from dozens of tournament workers – and, deep in the match, screams from the players’ entry.

But the loud crowd noise heard by TV viewers was fake, added by the broadcaster.

Unable to always draw from support in an electric environment, on an evening that felt more like a glorious practice session than a wager, both people were at times sluggish, listless, even. The play was hardly perfect: they combined only 95 winners for 120 unforced errors. In a curious parallel, Zarev balanced his 15 aces with 15 double faults, and Thiem had eight in each category.

Normally, the US Open closes every Grand Slam season, but what has been normal about 2020?

“Strange times are,” ‘Thiem called it.

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, Wimbledon was first canceled after World War II, while the French Open was postponed from its originally scheduled May start and will now begin in two weeks.

So the tennis world quickly turns into European soil after an unusual two-tournament hard-court doubleheader at Flushing Meadows – which American Tennis Federation CEO Mike Dousey admitted was “a crazy idea” at one point on Sunday felt.

The US Open was put on its site by the Western and Southern Open, which went from Ohio to New York as part of a “controlled environment” to limit travel.

Another way in which this entire event was different: Federer, Nadal and Djokovic won 13 major trophies. But Federer and Nadal did not enter the US Open, while Djokovic was defaulted in the fourth round by accidentally hitting a line judge with the ball, in which he succumbed angrily after a game drop.

Thiem was the one who took advantage of the opportunity and splashed into the Club of Champions.

“I would like to congratulate Dominic on the first of many Grand Slam titles,” said Zverev. “I think it’s not the only one.”