Dominic Thiem produces sensational comeback to win the US Open final

Henrietta Brewer
September 14, 2020

Thiem quickly set up a third opportunity and this time it went his way as Zverev's backhand landed wide of the mark. For a moment, the tennis-historic aspects of their meeting subsided to the moment as Thiem splayed on the court a 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) victor. But the 27-year-old rallied to complete a stunning comeback 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (8/6) against his 23-year-old friend to secure a maiden Grand Slam title.

- Thiem is now 3-11 when losing the first two sets in his career.

There were six breaks of serve in the final set, with Zverev - playing his first major final - giving up a 5-3 lead before Thiem also failed to serve it out at 6-5.

One, a set of screaming shots capped with a bold backhand pass, got him to 7-6. Before this, there had only been two instances of three straight men's major finals going to five sets (in 1927 and 1946).


The timespan since the last time there was a first-time men's Grand Slam champion (Marin Cilic, 2014 US Open). He fell as the first male Grand Slam victor born in the 1990s, an eccentric stat born of the hegemony of Federer (born 1981), Nadal (1986), Djokovic (1987), Andy Murray (1987) and Stanislas Wawrinka (1985).

The last time anyone did it in a Grand Slam final was in 2004, when Gaston Gaudio roared back to stun Guillermo Coria. Really I wish we could have two winners.

"I wish we could have two winners today".

The match had a very different complexion to it now as Thiem tried to become the first man in the Open era to come back from two sets down to win the final in NY. And then 2016 I think our great rivalry started again and we made great things happen on the court as well as off the court. You're going to make it and you'll definitely bring it home one day.


- Thiem is the second Austrian to win a Grand Slam.

Zverev's ace count for the tournament. Zverev broke in the third game of the third set when Thiem landed a forehand beyond the baseline, suffering a break a few minutes later to keep the rival on the positive side of the scoreboard.

There, they traded early breaks and Alexander clinched another one in game eight to forge a 5-3 lead and serve for the trophy. I want to thank my parents. They're always with me. It was a tough battle - I wish you would have missed a little more.

Incredibly, Zverev broke back to send a dramatic match into a deciding set tie-break. He forced a break point at 5-5 and then gratefully received two groundstroke errors from the wobbling Zverev, calling for treatment on his calf as he prepared to serve for his destiny.


An elated Thiem slumped to the court in celebration and exhaustion before sharing an emotional hug with his vanquished opponent.

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