First love: Thiem wins first Grand Slam title after thrilling fightback

NEW YORK, September 14

Austria’s Dominic Thiem lastly claimed his maiden 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 nerve-jangling battle of wills within the US Open closing. The 27-year-old world No. Three appeared to have blown his golden likelihood as he fell two units behind however hit again to turn into the primary participant to win a Grand Slam from having trailed by two units since Gaston Gaudio on the 2004 French Open.

Thiem, who dropped just one set en path to the ultimate, began as favorite however was stifled by nerves early on, trailing by a set and 1-5 as his night threatened to turn into a nightmare on an eerie, virtually empty Arthur Ashe stadium. He steadily broke the shackles to hit again from a break all the way down to take the third, nonetheless, and Zverev faltered on serve at 3-Four in a high-quality fourth set permitting Thiem to take a slow-burner of a contest to a decider. With one of many sport’s largest prizes inside attain, each males raised their video games in a gripping decider.

Dominic Thiem hugs Alexander Zverev after the match. AP/PTI

The 23-year-old Zverev, bidding to turn into the primary German male to win a Grand Slam since Boris Becker gained in New York in 1996, confirmed nice composure to withstand the Thiem cost and served for the title at 5-3.

With the match deep into its fourth hour, although, it had turn into not only a bodily battle however a psychological one too. First Zverev faltered with the title tantalisingly shut, then Thiem couldn’t maintain serve for glory at 6-5 as a US Open males’s closing moved into its first-ever fifth set tiebreak.

A gut-wrenching climax noticed Thiem take a 6-Four lead as Zverev’s serve crumbled. But he netted a forehand with the court docket gaping, then despatched one other forehand large. Thiem earned one other match level with a fearless move although, and Zverev then dragged a backhand large. — Reuters

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