Published: Tue, September 15, 2020
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Dominic Thiem On US Open Final: 'The Chance Is Now'

Dominic Thiem On US Open Final: 'The Chance Is Now'

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.

A lanky, 23-year-old German born to two Russian tennis coaches, seventh-ranked Zverev has dragged his feet through four four-set matches, one straight-sets win and a grueling, five-set semifinal against Pablo Carreno Busta and emerged brimming with confidence at his ability to survive.

Preview: Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev are both looking to bag a breakthrough first Grand Slam title when they face off behind closed doors in the US Open final on Sunday.

"It's nice that I'm in front in the head-to-head 7-2", Thiem said. "When we both step on the court on Sunday, it doesn't matter anymore". I was just focusing on the remaining guys left in the draw.

"I know what Sascha is capable of. I guess that's what it's going to be". Only Cilic, the former champion in NY, took a set off him.

One more win will make Thiem an actual Slam champ. "Won all titles besides a major", Thiem said. "The two best players in the world are going to be playing on court". Twice exactly in the right situation I broke back. Was a super long game. "I think this was a big key point".

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It was an entertaining tussle between two players who are getting more and more familiar with one another's games.


While Thiem was all consistent power and pace, Zverev went for patience and percentage: both actions that would have been nearly unlikely a year ago.

"I have a chance". "So I tried to destroy that a little bit with lot of slices, with also high balls with a lot of spin".

After the shock default of Novak Djokovic, we were guaranteed a first-time grand slam champion.

After quite the scandalous run, the U.S. Open wraps its 2020 matches with the men's finals tomorrow night. He dominated the Spaniard with his serve in the final three sets and finished the match with 71 winners.

The German looked headed for certain defeat after committing 36 errors through the first two sets but used his versatile game to pick himself up and looked like a completely different player the rest of the way. "Even though I was down two sets to love, I gave myself the best chance I could", he said.

Thiem has been to three Grand Slam finals and has not won any of them.

"I won't change my mindset at all", Thiem said". "She played unbelievable. I could barely win a match when I came back". Another loss and he'll become just the third man in the Open era to fall to 0-4 in major finals, joining Ivan Lendl and Andy Murray.

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