Dominic Thiem defeated Alexander Zverev to win his maiden Grand Slam title on Sunday at the US Open. Thiem clenched the title after his magnificent comeback from the third set. He lost his first two sets to Zverev and it was the first time ever when US Open final was decided by fifth-set tie-break. Thiem bounced back with 3-5 wherein his score of 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(6) made him win over Zverev to become Austria’s second Grand Slam single’s champion after Thomas Muster.
The 27-year-old Thiem marked history by becoming the first player in Open Era to bounce back from two sets down in a US Open final. He also became the first Grand Slam Champion to be born in 1990s along with this he also registered his name as the 55th Grand Slam Champion of the Open Era and 150th of all time.
The edge of a seat final was a mental test rather than technical one for both Zverev and Thiem. After neck to neck tied up match till fourth set, the decider came in the fifth set. Zverev had the command in the fifth set by standing high on Thiem with 5-3 lead but before levelling the score, Thiem had his own skill play to take the match at 6-5. The third round came in the skill set of Thiem from where he took it to 7/6 where Zverev gave a backhand wide. Despite Zverev’s loss he has achieved his career breakthrough in reaching his first-ever Grand Slam title and also by becoming the youngest finalist after Novak Djokovic.