New York: Dominic Thiem won US Open 2020 at Arthur Ashe Stadium, on Monday. This was his first Grand Slam title after he defeated Alexander Zverev 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) in a five-set final in a match that lasted for 4 hours 5 minutes.
The 27-year-old Austrian player became the first man to win the US Open crown after losing the first two sets to win the final in 71 years. Also, it’s the first time for a final to be settled by a tie-break. Thiem said, “I wish we could have two winners today. I think we both deserved it”.
Thiem won his Maiden Grand Slam trophy after he lost three finals of tennis majors. He was defeated in the last-two showdowns of the French Open in 2018 and 2019, became the runner-up in Australian Open earlier this year.
Twenty-three-old Zverev made an impressive serve to be at 1-0 lead in just 30 minutes after smashing four sets and 16 winners in the first set while he wasted three set points in set two at 5-1 but took a 2-0 lead on his fifth set point.
Zverev found himself at 5-3 in the fifth set after Thiem took set four to make his serve of 6-5 ahead. He had taken a medical timeout before set for the championship.
Though Thiem failed to settle the match and it ended to be a tie-break, he won the title on his third after Zverev hit it wide and the winner’s cheque of $3 million on his third.
“Obviously I want to congratulate Dominic on the first of many Grand Slam titles,” said by Zverev who was in tears during his speech. He also added, “It was a tough battle. I wish you would have missed a little bit more so I could have hold that trophy up,”.
Compared to Thiem’s two, Zverev smashed 15 aces but he had also hit 15 doubles faults with Thiem hitting eight.
The match was mostly watched by officials, journalists and event staff in a closed-door situation during this pandemic. This tournament also saw the disqualification of world’s number one Djokovic in the last 16 for hitting a line judge with a ball.