Dominic Thiem used every bit of his Grand Slam experience to come back from the brink and defeat Alexander Zverev, 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6, in the 2020 US Open men’s singles final. Playing in his fourth major final, the 27-year-old won his first Slam silverware with a comeback as methodical as his rise to this career-defining moment, the US Open said after the match.
“Both men served for the match in the fifth set, Zverev at 5-3 and Thiem at 6-5, but neither came close to ending it. What started as a Zverev rout was ultimately decided by the finest of margins, 8-6 in the breaker, with each set more competitive than the one preceding it. There were four breaks of serve in the final five games of the match, and 15 in total.”
“It was tough to stay there and to still believe, but I did,” Thiem said in his post-match press conference. “It’s a Slam final…the belief was always there.”
“The No. 2 seed was the favorite in Arthur Ashe Stadium, a new proposition for him at this stage, but he quickly became a long-shot as Zverev raced to a 6-2, 5-1 lead in under an hour. The German was four games from the title, up a break at 2-1 in the third, when Thiem found traction with his biting ground game.”
“His comeback continued to pick up steam until late in the fifth, when Zverev made his move. But Thiem fought back from the brink a second time, breaking to stay alive and then fighting through cramps to will himself to the biggest win of his career. In the breaker, he won bruising rallies of 13 and 11 balls, and roped a forehand winner at 6-all to bring up his third and final match point.”
“The Austrian is the first player in the Open era to win from two sets down in a US Open final.”