US Open: Zverev and Thiem battle for the title

Austrian Dominic Thiem and German Alexander Zverev reached the finals in the singles of the US open tennis in New York. Thiem, the number 2 on the placing list, was in three sets too strong for the third seeded Russian Daniil Medvedev: 6-2 7,-6 (7), 7-6 (5).

Zverev, ranked fifth, beat Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta, number 20 on the ranking list, in five sets: 3-6 2-6 6-3 6-4 6-3. The final is Sunday and will be a first. None of the finalists have ever won a grand slam tournament.

Thiem was almost always a bit more precise than Medvedev during the many long rallies in the match. Only in the second and third set did the Russian disrupt Thiems game at times. The players broke each others service several times, but in the tiebreaks Thiem was just a little cooler.

The 27-year old Austrian stands for the fourth time in the finals of a grand slam tournament. He lost his previous three, the last one in January from Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open. “That defeat came hard, because it was very close. Im glad Im getting another chance to achieve my big goal now and thats winning a grand slam,” said Thiem after his victory over Medvedev. “Absolutely the hardest win in three sets Ive ever won, because it could have been the other way around. When Medvedev gets into his rhythm, he misses almost nothing. I had to fight him with a lot of slice, high balls and a lot of spin”

The 23-year-old Zverev started stiffly against Carreno Busta and lost the first two sets pretty much without a chance, he scored 36 faults. It was only in the third act that Zverev got hold of the Spaniard, who could not maintain the high level of the first two sets. He had to be treated at the beginning of the fifth set and promptly handed in his first serve. Zverev did not give up that advantage.

For the German it will be his first grand final. Afterwards, he admitted that he didnt really believe in it anymore after those first two lost sets. “Then I looked at the scoreboard and thought to myself: I am behind in the semi-finals of a grand slam 2-0, while I am the favourite and should win this game. I have to play better. From that moment on things went better too”, Zverev said.

The two finalists have already faced each other nine times. Thiem won the most often, seven times.