Dominic Thiem defeats Alexander Zverev in US Open men’s final in dramatic fashion

Dominic Thiem defeated Alexander Zverev in the U.S. Open final on Sunday night – 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6).

It was Thiem’s first U.S. Open title.

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Thiem was down early and it was looking like Zverev was going to get the best of the Austrian. But Thiem warded off a straight-set victory and came storming back in the third and fourth sets to send the match to a fifth and decisive set.

Thiem and Zverev went to a tiebreaker in the final set. With both men hurting toward the very end, Thiem was able to win the tiebreaker in the final set 8-6 to pick up his first U.S. Open victory.

The 27-year-old Thiem had to beat Juame Munar, Sumit Nagal, Marian Clicic, Alex de Minaur and Daniil Medvedev to get to the final to face Zverev.

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Zverev had to win against Kevin Anderson, Brandon Nakashima, Adrian Mannarino, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, Borna Corcic and Pablo Carreno Busta.

Both players benefited from Novak Djokovic’s default for hitting a line judge with a tennis ball earlier in the tournament and Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer both skipping the event.

Djokovic was ousted in the fourth round of the event.

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The next major tournament for the men’s side is the French Open. The event was moved to the fall because of the coronavirus pandemic.