Alexander Zverev reached a grand final for the first time in his career. The German did so in New York where, after a nice comeback, he made it to the US Open at the expense of Spaniard Pablo Correño-Busta: 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.
The fifth-placed Zverev has been in the world’s top ten for years, winning eleven titles, including the ATP Finals in 2018. Only at the grandslam tournaments he never excelled. This year at the Australian Open he reached the last four of a major for the first time.
Zverev weak from the starting blocks
By looking for the attack immediately, Zverev hoped to avoid the rallies and make points at the net. However, he was often passed or not handy enough and the sloppy playing and serving Zverev seemed to have no alternative plan for a long time.
The 20th-placed Correño-Busta took advantage and quickly made it 2-0 in sets, although in both sets he needed two attempts to serve out the set.
Zverev (5), however, did not allow himself to be led to the slaughterhouse. He started to play more energetically and above all serve better. His self-confidence grew after a few good points and Zverev took the third set convincingly.
At Correño the doubt suddenly struck and the German, who had finally found his rhythm, put more and more pressure on him. Zverev left three setpoints on the Spaniard’s service, but came alongside on his own serve a little later.
Unique victory for Zverev
The 23-year-old Zverev broke the four-year-old Spaniard straight into set five and never looked back. The German, who finished with no less than 71 winners, won a five-setter for the first time in his career after falling 2-0 behind.