The current best German tennis player is in a final of the four major tournaments for the first time. Dominic Thiem awaits an opponent in top form. Will it work for the hamburger with the first major title?
Today it applies to Alexander Zverev: the 23-year-old from Hamburg is the first German tennis player since Boris Becker in 1996 to win a Grand Slam tournament in the final of the US Open against Dominic Thiem from Austria. It’s THE chance for Zverev – but his buddy Thiem could also win his first major title. Who will be victorious?
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Before the match: “Sascha has to play consistently from the start and cannot let himself fluctuate,” he said Nicolas Kiefer in the run-up to the final on Chillreport. “Thiem is a player who doesn’t give presents. Sascha has to play at the limit all the time, only then he has a chance.”
Thiem only gave one set throughout the tournament, Zverev had to fight hard more often.
Before the match: Zverev previously summarized his previous tournament in an Instagram post.
For years, there has been speculation when the first Grand Slam title could work for Zverev. Now he is as close as never before. Moreover, Zverev currently looks as balanced and focused at the same time as perhaps never before. Especially after the negative headlines caused by his participation in Novak Djokovic’s controversial Adriatic tour in June, in which several players became infected with the coronavirus, the hamburger has apparently also made a comeback as an adult.
Irony: Thiem also participated in the public events, both had to be done afterwards sharp criticism plug in.
Before the match: The course of the tournament of the two finalists in a direct comparison. It becomes clear: Zverev was clearly longer on the field, often had to fight. Will that be noticeable today?
Before the match: Although it is the first grand final for “Sascha Zverev”, opponent Thiem has already been in several Grand Slam finals – but not in the final of the Australian Open 2020 (4: 6, 6: 4, 6: 2, 3: 6, 4: 6 against Novak Djokovic) at the French Open 2018 (4: 6, 3: 6, 2: 6 against Rafael Nadal) and 2019 (3: 6, 7: 5, 1: 6, 1: 6 to Nadal) wanted it to work.
Nevertheless, former German global player Nicolas Kiefer says in an interview with Chillreport: “Thiem has an advantage.” Why – and how Zverev could do it – read here.