Dominic Thiem won the US Open final on a tiebreak against Alexander Zverev after a five-set thriller

Novak Djokovic may still be the best player in men’s tennis, but in the self-inflicted absence of the world’s No. 1, 27-year-old Dominic Thiem can claim to be in charge of a new wave of contenders after turning 23-years-old. Alexander Zverev to win the 2020 US Open on Sunday evening.

Djokovic, 33, is waiting with Rafael Nadal, 34, to appear on the soil of Rome this week. A postpone, crazy season postpone and final slam. Whatever Federer and Serena Williams believe, age is not just a number; It is a backache.

The old guards could only watch from afar in their various hotel rooms or mansions as Thiem won a stunning slam final in the fourth attempt, beating his opponent 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6. Beat with. About four hours in front of the family, in front of family, friends and staff at the virus-free Arthur Ash Stadium. He is the first player in 71 years to come from two sets down to win the title.

Thiam told his longtime friend in court, “We started getting to know each other in 2014 and developed a great friendship straight away, and in 2016 our rivalry began. We spoke very well on and off the court. I wish we had two winners today. We both deserved it. You are going to make it, 100%, make your parents proud. ”

Speaking of her parents’ disappearance, Zerve struggled to contain her tears, saying, “It was a tough fight, but here I am giving the runner-up speech.” I wish that one day I can bring the trophy home. ”

Thiem, the 55th male slam champion of the Open era, is the first freshman at the top table as Marin Cilic won his first and only major title by breaking the Big Three’s spell in 2014.

America may be a land of earthquakes and changes, but the sport of men is still governed by Europe; In the last decade all 43 men’s champions have come from the “Old World”. And this is where the next chapter of the 2020 season will be played.

Thiem’s ​​early mobility was slowed by the already existing Achilles problem, although he rarely sat down. Still, some imaginative Zarev broke the Austrian game the way he did. The German attacked a string of aces and upping forehands, as expected, but threw his opponent into subtle changes of pace and depth to keep him guessing in his 10th bout.

Zverev came through in his first slam final so far brandishing big weapons: Thiem’s ​​41 (116 as Naomi Osaka, 29 fewer than Serena Williams). But no one came close to Zverev’s 49 double faults in the draw, and his volatile second serve in the later stages of the match came back to haunt him.

At the end of the match Alexander Zverev hugged Dominic Thiem. Photo: Justin Lane / EPA

Not always an assured or quick starter, he gave up just three points on his serve in the first set, broke Thiem twice and took the frame in half an hour to set up the ideal stage, with four aces from 16 winners.

In the third game of the second set, Zverev hit a 103mph forehand on his way to another spirit-sapping break, and comfortably topped every aspect of his game. Thiem was drowning.

In the final in Melbourne this year, Thiem found reserves that limited Djokovic to a five-set battle, with the Austrian coming close to victory. He did not need to be reminded here that he was one of only five players to start 0–3 in the slam final.

Pinning behind the baseline, he led 1-4. Within an hour, he was out of contention – but the stubborn fighter on the tour saved two break points that advanced the second set from the previous hour, broke back and fell in love with 4-5. However, no early tension invaded the near-empty Arthur Ash Stadium, as it flew into the air early in the evening, as Zverev de-fanged serve to end the work for a two-set lead. .

The way they saw Thiem’s ​​resistance, they exchanged breaks in the third. He was going to sweat his friend. Now each game was close, each point was treasured. Zverev was held through the deuce in the eighth game, but his serving setback came back at the worst moment and he handed Thiem the set at a plate.

The initial certainty had vanished, rallies lengthened – more suited to Thiem than Zervey, who would have thought the title was on his two sets. Behind the serving cycle, he had to convince himself that he could win with the passage of each close game. Where the demolition had once taken place, it was now being excavated as Zverev had to dig himself again and again in the fourth set.

The veins continued to slide at both ends but for Zorve and Loud, and Thiem leveled up to level in two set appearances. Only four slam winners have come back from two sets down in the open era, All in french open, But it was Jewrev who was weighed down by history.

Zverev’s head fell when he hit a forehand wide to serve at the start of the decisive frame, but Thiem, who recorded 13 double faults in six matches, delivered the seventh blow of the night to return the favor. There is no pressure like the final of the Grand Slam.

The 15th ace, struck with such confidence that it had been missing for at least an hour, placed Zverev in front. Thiem’s ​​serve won the eighth with a double-fault, but he made a volatile catch for 3-3 with some venomous groundstrokes. It was a gambler’s nightmare.

Thiem cracked for 3-5 at the end, pushed a tired backhand into the tramline, and Zverev stepped up to finish a job he should have put to bed long ago. He was two points away from the championship but equalized with a volley and the match was alive.

Slipping again, Thiem grabbed two notable winners for 5-5, then forced another break and advanced to the title. Almost at cue, the plot turns once again, with Zverev breaking to force a tie-break.

And the play was condensed into 14 points, with Zverev gifting two of them to his opponent with two faults, Thiem wasting two match points and Zivrev’s final backhand drift in the second match in a curious but crucial final. Harmlessly widened.