New York, September 14
Austria’s Dominic Thiem lastly claimed his first Grand Slam title with a shocking comeback to beat Germany’s Alexander Zverev 2-6 4-6 6-Four 6-Three 7-6(6) in a brutal and nerve-jangling US Open closing on Sunday.
The 27-year-old world quantity three, crushed in his first three Grand Slam finals, began as favorite however appeared to have blown his golden probability as he fell two units behind.
Thiem, who had dropped just one set en path to the ultimate, appeared stifled by nerves early on however progressively broke the shackles to hit again from a break right down to take the third.
Zverev faltered on serve at 3-Four in a high-quality fourth set permitting Thiem to take the competition to a decider.
A limping Thiem trailed 5-Three in a tense decider however Zverev couldn’t shut it out and the Austrian summoned some unimaginable baseline winners to take it right into a tiebreak.
A gut-wrenching climax noticed Thiem squander two match factors from 6-Four with forehand errors however he wouldn’t be denied and arrange a 3rd match level with a passing shot earlier than Zverev fired large after 4 hours and two minutes.
“I wish there were two winners today, we both deserved it,” Thiem, the second Austrian to win a Grand Slam title after Thomas Muster’s 1995 French Open title, stated on courtroom after a tearful speech from his crestfallen 23-year-old opponent.
Thiem had misplaced the final two French Open finals to Rafa Nadal and this 12 months’s Australian Open closing to Novak Djokovic.
This time he began because the favorite however wanted to change into the primary participant to win a Grand Slam title from two units down since Gaston Gaudio on the 2004 French Open to finish his wait.
Thiem is the primary male participant born within the 1990s to say a Grand Slam and the primary apart from the massive three of Nadal, Djokovic and Roger Federer to say one of many majors since Stan Wawrinka received the 2016 U.S. Open. Reuters