New York: Dominic Thiem completed an unprecedented comeback on Sunday at the US Open, rallying from two sets down and 3-5 in the fifth set to defeat Alexander Zverev 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(6) for his maiden Grand Slam title.
This was the first US Open final to be decided by a fifth-set tie-break. Thiem, 27, is the first player in the Open Era to rally from two sets down in a US Open final.
He also became the first Grand Slam champion born in the 1990s, along with the 55th Grand Slam champion of the Open Era and the 150th of all time.
”We started to know each other back in 2014 and straight away started to develop a great friendship… and then a great rivalry,” Thiem said.
Just the fifth Grand Slam final in the Open Era won by a player who was two sets down.
1974 French Open Borg d Orantes
1984 French Open, Lendl d McEnroe
1999 French Open, Agassi d Medvedev
2004 French Open, Gaudio d Coria
2020 US Open, @ThiemDomi d. Zverev
— ATP Tour (@atptour) September 14, 2020
“We’ve made great things happen on the court and off the court. It’s amazing how far our journey brought us to share this moment. I wish we could have two winners today. We both deserved it.”
Thiem joined Thomas Muster (1995 Roland Garros) as the only Austrian men to win a major championship.
He lost his first three Grand Slam finals, most recently in an epic five-set battle to Novak Djokovic at this year’s Australian Open.
It had to be like this – my career was always like the match today – many ups and downs and I love the way it turned out. pic.twitter.com/ksFDgIfws8
— Dominic Thiem (@ThiemDomi) September 14, 2020