Dominic Thiem has won a grand slam tournament for the first time in his career. The 27-year-old Austrian won in the final game of the US Open after a great comeback with 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (6) by Alexander Zverev.
Thiem lost the final of Roland Garros to Rafael Nadal in 2018 and 2019 and bowed to Novak Djokovic in the final game of the Australian Open this year.
Not like Lendl and Murray
Thiem seemed to become the third player after Ivan Lendl and Andy Murray who lost his first four grand final, but he showed character against Zverev. The German led in his first grand final with two sets and a break, but then the machine stopped.
Thiem, who had won seven of the nine previous games with Zverev, did not make it in a set and a half. Especially his service failed.
Nerves Zverev raise his head
Zverev, on the other hand, played very strongly. He often looked up the net and put pressure on his opponent with sledgehammer blows. What‘s more, at first he didn’t suffer at all from nerves. The situation changed when he lost three set points on 5-1 in the second set and missed another set point on 5-2.
The 23-year-old German suddenly looked tense, started to make more mistakes, but still took the set. Thiem gradually started to play better in the second set, but still did not manage to impose his will on Zverev. After losing service early in the third set, the match seemed decided.
Thiem broke back immediately, however, after which things became exciting in the almost empty Arthur Ashe Stadium. The players gave in little more to each other and longer rallies arose.
The Austrian went on to serve a lot better. He took the third set with a break at 5-4 and in set four he had enough of a break at 4-3.
Beautiful fifth set
The fifth set was one to lick his fingers at: exciting games, beautiful rallies and plenty of battle and emotion. On 5-3 Zverev was allowed to serve for the title, but that failed, after which Thiem failed to serve on 6-5.
In the tiebreak Zverev hit two of his fifteen double errors and after just over four hours Thiem used his third match point. The Austrian thus became the first player in 71 years to win the finals of the US Open after falling 2-0 behind in sets.