Last! Alexander Zverev makes history in New York – after 26 years

It’s a historic success: for the first time in 26 years, a German tennis professional has reached the final of the Grand Slam tournament in New York. However, for the greatest success of his career, Zverev had to fight vigorously.

German tennis pro Alexander Zverev reached the final of a Grand Slam tournament at the US Open for the first time in his career. The 23-year-old from Hamburg won a thrilling match of five sets 3: 6, 2: 6, 6: 3, 6: 4, 6: 3 in New York on Friday (local time) against Pablo Carreño Busta from Spain.

In the final on Sunday (10 p.m. CEST / in the live ticker on Chillreport), seventh in the world ranking will meet Dominic Thiem from Austria, a participant in the Australian Open. The number 2 placed Austrian won his semifinals against the Russian Daniil Medvedev 6: 2, 7: 6 (9: 7), 7: 6 (7: 5). In Melbourne, Zverev first reached a Grand Slam semi-final early this year, but lost to Thiem before the tour was interrupted for months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

For the first time ever, he turned a 2-0 set deficit and was the first German tennis player since Michael Stich to reach the final in Flushing Meadows in 1994. “I couldn’t believe it when I was 2-0 behind, and that as a favorite. I didn’t know what was going on, but I knew I had to play better. I’m in my first Grand Slam. Final, that is. most importantly, ”Zverev said after 3:22 pm in the winners’ interview on the field.

“I’ve made a lot of mistakes”

He was miserable in the game against the world’s number 27. started. At 1: 3, the world took number 27. from Gijon in the first set, Zverev played the service game. When the German’s backhand landed in the net after 40 minutes, the first round was decided. In the second set things got worse: Zverev got a break in the first game. He struggled, but former top ten player Carreño Busta knew the better answer and played hard and calm. “I made a lot of mistakes, I was impatient”, said Zverev after the Eurosport game, “but then I started to play more aggressively.”

With the set win to 6: 3 hope sprouted again. In the fourth round it was equally annoying when Carreño Busta hit a hard ball directly on Zverev’s body with a score of 3: 5. The Spaniard immediately apologized, but Zverev looked over the net with a mixture of incomprehension and relentlessness. . After the game, Zverev said, “What should I do? It’s part of the game. Sure, he has plenty of room and still plays like that. But I don’t want to say anything bad.” With an ace, he ended up using his fourth set ball to tie the 2-2.

For the fifth set, Carreño Busta had to have his back treated and took a three-minute medical break. Zverev took advantage of this weak phase and immediately took a 1-0 lead with a break. Moments later, Zverev left the first match point unused, after which a backhand from the Spaniard landed in the net.

The five sentence crime story to read in the ticker

3: 6, 2: 6, 6: 3, 6: 4, 6: 3 –Then It Happened! Suddenly, Alexander Zverev has two match points, forces Carreno Busta on the defensive, who then hits a backhand in the net – and Zverev faces a Grand Slam final for the first time in his career! What a comeback win for Hamburg.

3: 6, 2: 6, 6: 3, 6: 4, 5: 3 – A second service at 212 km / h – Zverev is now freezing. Carreno Busta cannot do anything, makes an avoidable volley foul and now serves against the loss of the match.

3: 6, 2: 6, 6: 3, 6: 4, 4: 3 – The service games are now disappearing quickly. Carreno Busta shortened from his point of view to 3: 4. He is now tormented, Zverev still holds the trumps.

3: 6, 2: 6, 6: 3, 6: 4, 4: 2 – And that’s exactly how it is. Carreno Busta seems to have regained his timing, but the aggressiveness is simply lacking. Zverev gets the 4: 2 without much resistance.

3: 6, 2: 6, 6: 3, 6: 4, 3: 2 – Zverev stays ahead of a break, gives up the game quickly – also a variant to maintain strength at this point in the game. After all, his lead is currently secure – and with his serve, which is coming again now, he has a trump card.

3: 6, 2: 6, 6: 3, 6: 4, 3: 1 – However, Zverev is no longer naked, he spends his service game without any problems. Three aces! But the moves at Carreno Busta make it clear: despite all the fights, he is suffering from the injury.

3: 6, 2: 6, 6: 3, 6: 4, 2: 1 – The Spaniard’s error rate is now also increasing – no wonder, he has to take more risks. Also an asset to Zverev. So Carreno Busta deforms a forehand, but can rally herself again and makes the point. He stays informed.

3: 6, 2: 6, 6: 3, 6: 4, 2: 0 – There is no frantic rush in the game, the blows are on, safety is there: Alexander Zverev is in charge – but Carreno Busta lurks. It is unbelievable what kind of balls the Spaniard can bring back. Any point against him is hard work, it doesn’t give anything away. But Zverev now varies his game much better, keeps sprinkling the longline and the backhand is back.

Treatment break: Pablo Carreno Busta had to be treated in the match. (Source: Reuters)

3: 6, 2: 6, 6: 3, 6: 4, 1: 0 – During the break in punishment, Carreno Busta had to seek treatment, so the Spaniard has real physical problems. And immediately collects the first pause after a forehand enters the network. At the beginning of the 5th sentence, there is really a lot that speaks for Zverev.

Summary Part 4: A true New York crime thriller! Zverev is in full swing, the disastrous first two sentences seem forever gone. He plays with confidence – and also with anger in his stomach. But: Carreno Busta also looks sick.

3: 6, 2: 6, 6: 3, 6: 4 – Sentence adjustment! Now everything is completely open again! And Zverev puts the point with one serve, also plays fine tennis beforehand, takes a beautiful stop ball.

3: 6, 2: 6, 6: 3, 5: 4 – Not necessary at all! Zverev is close to the next break, leading 40: 0 – and almost certainly giving the point. Annoying: As an advantage, Carreno shoots Busta Zverev completely, although there would have been enough space. It is the second time in the match that the Spaniard has drawn a ball on the man. Zverev complains. On the way to the bank after the point, Carreno Busta wants to apologize, but the burger swings angrily. After all: now, with his service, Zverev has it in his own hands to close the penalty.

3: 6, 2: 6, 6: 3, 5: 3 – Now Zverev has its stage! He gets through his service game and can now force the fifth set. Carreno Busta is battered.

3: 6, 2: 6, 6: 3, 4: 3 – The rallies get longer, then Carreno Busta moves the next forehand, has two breakballs against him – and Zverev takes the chance!

3: 6, 2: 6, 6: 3, 3: 3 – Zverev goes with them. He secures the point with a forehand, wants to show: I’m still here.

3: 6, 2: 6, 6: 3, 2: 3 – It’s a constant back and forth. Now Carreno Busta can easily play his shift again. Everything seems possible in this competition.

3: 6, 2: 6, 6: 3, 2: 2 – And then again the setback: Zverev gives his own service game. Zero. Determine the end point yourself with a totally unsuccessful backhand cross. He just can’t afford that. Suddenly he starts to wobble, playing too hectically. Is that the lack of concentration like at the start of the game?

3: 6, 2: 6, 6: 3, 2: 1 – Zverev rewards himself for his bolder, more confident play and gets the rest. Carreno Busta wobbles enormously.

Suddenly not so sure anymore: Pablo Carreno Busta wobbles at the beginning of the 4th movement. (Source: Reuters)Suddenly not so sure anymore: Pablo Carreno Busta wobbles at the beginning of the 4th movement. (Source: Reuters)

3: 6, 2: 6, 6: 3, 1: 1 – Ace number 16 for Zverev! Carreno Busta doesn’t seem to read the German’s portions as well as in the opening sentences, and there was no sign of a break from the Spaniard. Zverev seems to get certainty at every meeting.

3: 6, 2: 6, 6: 3, 0: 1 – Bitter for Zverev! Several times he is about to break Carreno Busta, but does not close the bag. In the end, he does not take the risk.

Summary 3rd sentence: What a competition! Break, re-break, break – and in the end, Zverev clearly triumphs. Zverev must keep taking risks with his longlines, stay more active, provoke mistakes from the Spaniard if he wants to show his strength and still win the match. The imprint is now up to Carreno Busta.

3: 6, 2: 6, 6: 3 – Is this going to be a completely different game now? Zverev gets the 3rd set, Carreno Busta can no longer play his strengths – because the German won’t let him.

3: 6, 2: 6, 5: 3 – The Spaniard now makes more double errors and doesn’t seem as aggressive as at the start of the game. Nevertheless, he manages his service game. Now Zverev has the chance to win the first set with his own service.

3: 6, 2: 6, 5: 2 – It can go that fast! 5: 2 for Zverev in the third set. He brings his service game to zero and the balance of power seems to be permanently shifting. Now Zverev seems much safer – and Carreno Busta on purpose.

3: 6, 2: 6, 4: 2 – These are now temporary high quality rallies! Zverev opens the door with a longline and provides another break. That was important!

3: 6, 2: 6, 3: 2 – … and then Zverev immediately collects the re-break! Extremely bitter, the Hamburger clearly distorts a forehand, now the Spaniard is celebrating with a loud “Vamo!”.

3: 6, 2: 6, 3: 1 – Strong! This is a very different Alex Zverev than in the sentences before! He follows, becomes more dominant, plays more aggressively – and takes over Carreno Busta’s service game! Break to 3: 1, which Zverev is celebrating with his fist.

3: 6, 2: 6, 2: 1 – That suddenly looks more attractive from Zverev, or is this the start of the big catch-up? He seems more present, faster, more alert. He can’t take much time.

3: 6, 2: 6, 1: 1 – But Carreno Busta follows suit. He doesn’t seem to be bothered.

3: 6, 2: 6, 1: 0 – After all: Zverev brings his service game to zero at the start of the 3rd set. But now it applies!

Summary 2nd sentence: Alexander Zverev committed 36 errors in the first two sets – Carreno Busta only twelve! That alone speaks volumes about the balance of power. The Spaniard also made 16 points more (72 against 56). He seems to have a precise plan to execute. Zverev apparently not that far.

No luck so far: Alexander Zverev in the match against Pablo Carreno Busta. (Source: dpa)No luck so far: Alexander Zverev in the match against Pablo Carreno Busta. (Source: dpa)

3: 6, 2: 6 – Way too long – because Carreno Busta clearly wins the second set too. Almost tragic for Zverev, as he tries more and more, wants to make his way into the match, but also simply has no luck in the decisive actions. Now it is going to be very difficult.

3: 6, 2: 5 – Second race win in a row for Zverev, who gets through his service game quickly and without frills. Now the first portions are also better. Is there anything else going on? There is still a long way to go.

3: 6, 1: 5 – A little sign of life from Zverev with the break to 1: 5. But Carreno Busta let him fight for every ball.

3: 6, 0: 5 – The debacle is taking shape. Zverev just fails to get through his service game. He clearly lacks balance when serving and cannot build tension. This is almost a class difference at this point. Carreno Busta offers him nothing and plays herself very well.

3: 6, 0: 4 – Zverev starts to argue, shakes his head. It doesn’t work at all. Carreno Busta has no problems at the moment.

3: 6, 0: 3 – Zverev’s next double fault! This is currently hard to recall from previous defeats when he lost the line. Carreno Busta offers nothing and takes the next break. 0: 3 – that’s a blow.

Strong performance: Pablo Carreno Busta. (Source: Reuters)Strong performance: Pablo Carreno Busta. (Source: Reuters)

3: 6, 0: 2 – So far it is clearly Carreno Busta’s match. Zverev seems lost at the moment, tries a lot, but still doesn’t succeed enough. He now has to be careful that the Spaniard does not leave.

3: 6, 0: 1 – Zverev wants to offer Carreno Busta more directly, varies with the second service. Still, he still has big problems and makes two double mistakes – his old problem. For this, he immediately collects the receipt and has to accept a pause at the beginning of the second sentence.

Start of 2nd part

Summary 1st sentence: Zverev and Carreno Busta were like light and shadow. The Germans did not meet, he was too passive and seemed insecure. The Spaniard was completely different, almost everything went well, he played with confidence and got through his match.

1st part, 3: 6 – The rallies are more competitive, but Zverev lets his opponent’s play impose too much on him. He still makes too many mistakes – in total, Carreno Busta made seven more points in the first set and rightly wins the set. More must come from Zverev.

1st part, 3: 5 – And Zverev also spends his own service game. Will he still save the turnaround?

1st part, 2: 5 – It’s working! Zverev manages the re-break directly and is not put off by an unfortunate network scooter. Still, there is still a long way to go to save the first sentence.

1st part, 1: 5 – The next break by Carreno Busta. Zverev’s premium rate is only 64 percent. That is not enough against the vigorously returning Spaniard.

1st part, 1: 4 – Now things get tricky for Zverev. There are still too many uncertainties while his opponent forces his game on him. So it is already 1: 4 after less than 25 minutes.

1st part, 1: 3 – There we have the first break of the game – and that against Zverev! Carreno Busta takes over the service game from him. Not an ideal start for Zverev.

1st sentence 1: 2 – The first long rally, also played strongly by Zverev, but in the end Carreno Busta decides the rally for himself. The Spaniard is currently sending the Germans across the square. He’s a lot about the backhand at the moment and manages to take the active part in the rally.

1st part, 1: 1 – Carreno Busta starts off aggressively, but Zverev leads by example with his first ace at 30:15. The burger will balance.

1st set, 0: 1 – Carreno Busta played his first service game cleanly.

Before the match: Both actors are currently heating up, and it’s about to begin.

Before the match: Alexander Zverev against Pablo Carreno Busta – the direct comparison

Before the match: After the surprising Disqualification of Novak Djokovic Zverev is also the favorite for former world-class German player Nicolas Kiefer to win the tournament: “He looks very solid”the 43-year-old told Chillreport. “I think now is the time.”

By the way, Zverev is the first German in the semi-finals of the US Open since Boris Becker in 1995.

Before the match: That Zverev is ready for the match against Carreno Busta, he showed in a training video yesterday …

Before the match: It is only the second Grand Slam semifinal for “Sascha” Zverev – but also the second in a row. He was in the last four at the Australian Open in January, but by then it was over against Austrian Dominic Thiem (6: 3, 4: 6, 6: 7, 6: 7). Irony: In a final in New York, Zverev could meet Thiem again – if he beat the Russian Daniil Medwedew later that night.

By the way, Zverev and Carreno Busta only met once – in the semifinals of Miami 2018. At that point, Zverev won 7: 6 and 6: 2.

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