Austrian Dominic Thiem reached the finals at the US Open for the first time thanks to a victory over Daniil Medvedev: 6-2, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (5). On Sunday Thiem stumbled upon Alexander Zverev, who was too strong for Spaniard Pablo Carreno-Busta earlier last night.
Medvedev did not start strong and after a collision with the umpire about whether or not to request a challenge on time, emotions ran high and his game dropped to a questionable level. Thiem did stay cool and with quite a few winners he took the first set.
Still, the Russian outburst of anger had not left Thiem untouched, as he delivered his serve out of nowhere with three singles. Medvedev held on to the break, but failed when he served for the set.
Last year’s losing finalist then dropped five breakpoints in the subsequent eleventh game and in the tiebreak a setpoint was not spent on him.
In the third set that scenario repeated itself. The Russian had an immediate break, but once again was unable to bring the set in on his own serve. In the tiebreak Thiem walked out to 5-1 after which Medvedev still struggled, but in vain.
The 27-year-old Thiem played a grand final three times already. He lost both to Roland Garros by Rafael Nadal and bowed to Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open in February.
Earlier last night Alexander Zverev reached the grand final. It is the first time in his career that he is in the finals of a grandslam tournament. Zverev beat Spaniard Pablo Carreño-Busta: 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 after a nice comeback.
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.
By immediately looking for the attack in the semi-finals, 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 German didn’t seem to have an alternative plan for a long time.
The 20th-placed Carreño-Busta took advantage and quickly made it 2-0 in sets, although it took him two attempts to serve out the set in both sets.
Zverev, however, did not let himself be led to the slaughterhouse. He played more energetically and above all served better. His self-confidence grew after a few good points and he took the third set convincingly.
With Carreño the doubt suddenly struck and Zverev, who had finally found his rhythm, put more and more pressure on him. The German 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 immediately in 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.