Zverev erases 2-set hole, will face Thiem in US Open final

Tanya Simon
September 14, 2020

He very almost won that one and he will surely believe this is finally his time after a 6-2 7-6 (7) 7-6 (5) victory over Russian Medvedev, who served for both the second and third sets but could not shake off Thiem. "There were chances coming up with these exhibitions, so I took it".

But Thiem insisted he "won't change his mindset at all", adding: "I know what Sascha is capable of".

"I looked at the scoreboard, I'm down two sets to love in a Grand Slam semi-final".

Ultimately the match was decided by Thiem winning points at key moments, with Medvedev squandering a 4-2 lead in the second.

Medvedev acknowledged he was disappointed not to be in a second successive final at Flushing Meadows - he was beaten in five sets by Nadal past year - but said he would quickly move on from the loss as he did not feel he could have played much better. It will be the first time in four years since Stan Wawrinka's 2016 US Open award from Switzerland that no player other than the Big Three will win a Grand Slam.

The German was largely abject for the first two sets but picked a timely moment to claim his first win from that position, turning things around impressively to win 3-6 2-6 6-3 6-4 6-3.

It means Sunday's final will see a first-time Grand Slam champion for the first time since Croatian Marin Cilic won at Flushing Meadows in 2014. In the first match, Zverev's performance in sets 1 and 2 was, in his own words, borderline embarrassing, though he did play significantly better in the rest of the match. Won all titles besides a major. At 23, he is the youngest men's Grand Slam finalist for a decade.

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Thiem has more game-by a lot-and more experience in this situation-also by a lot.

"Sunday is going to be extremely hard".

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Murray was beaten in four major finals before breaking through for his maiden slam via the 2012 US Open and Thiem joked on court post-match: "If I win, I have my first [grand slam title]". The exchanges between the German's backhand and Thiem's forehand will be particularly interesting, with these being the best shots for both.

A major championship would have global resonance.

The ailing Pablo lost his serve in the opening game of the fifth set and that was the crucial determinant of the match.

"I expect a very tough, very open match", said the world number three. "Zverev won the next two sets against Coric via tiebreaker before taking home the fourth set, 6-3". "Obviously I'm happy to be in the final, but there's still one more step to go".

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