The current best German tennis player is in a final of the four major tournaments for the first time. Dominic Thiem is 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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6: 2, 6: 4, 4: 6, 3: 4 – These are exciting rallies between the two. Thiem manages his service game with difficulty, in the end Zverev challenged the winner of his opponent – who was still on the line. Here too: Thiem is now lucky in the crucial situations.
6: 2, 6: 4, 4: 6, 3: 3 – Zverev offers Thiem more and more opportunities, is too undecided in his attacks – completely different from the Austrians. Big rally, Zverev goes online and Thiem gets the forehand longline at 40:15 past him after several tries. But then he can’t close the bag, takes 40:40. Zverev forces the advantage with the forehand, clenching his fist and forcing Thiem to use a too long forehand.
6: 2, 6: 4, 4: 6, 2: 3 – Zverev misses the length in the blows, he is more prone to mistakes – meanwhile, he has overtaken Thiem without necessity (38 against 37). Thiem secured the 3: 2 with an ace.
6: 2, 6: 4, 4: 6, 2: 2 – Thiem goes a long way with Zverev’s service, but also makes it work. Nevertheless, Zverev manages his game relatively confidently.
6: 2, 6: 4, 4: 6, 1: 2 – Zverev is currently playing too volatile, strong returns come on twisted shots and vice versa. So Thiem gets the 2: 1.
6: 2, 6: 4, 4: 6, 1: 1 – Maybe that’s how it works! Zverev is now closer to the baseline, tries again with more aggressiveness, moves forward to the net (38 times over the course of the game – twice as often as Thiem), is therefore lucky with a net- scooter and gets the point with an ace.
6: 2, 6: 4, 4: 6, 0: 1 – And Thiem continues the same way, passing his service game quickly and uncompromisingly.
Summary 3rd sentence: There is nothing left of the looseness of the first two sentences in Zverev. Thiem now dominates the game, the German reacts alone. He lets him dictate the game, plus more double fouls – slowly but surely the game slips out of his hand.
6: 2, 6: 4, 4: 6 – Typical of the last games: When Zverev serves, Thiem suddenly has two set balls because the German suddenly misses the length in the shots. Those were probably impact hits in the last points.
6: 2, 6: 4, 4: 5 – It goes back and forth. Zverev faces the next break ball, but is unlucky with a challenge that costs him 40:30 and protects Thiem from major needs. Ultimately, the Austrian remains in the lead. Zverev now serves against the loss of the set.
6: 2, 6: 4, 4: 4 – Zverev has to fight harder for his points than before, but he manages his service game despite his ninth double fault. He is also unlucky at the edge of the net, Thiem can play his backhand past him into the field – a draw. And then Zverev picks out a hammer at over 200 km / h on debut and second serve – unbelievable.
6: 2, 6: 4, 3: 4 – Thiem now dominates, forces a 30:30 draw with his own serve with a strong inside-out, adds a winner. Zverev is a bit too passive in this phase, hits a backhand and is further behind.
Fought his way back into the match: Dominic Thiem clenched his fist. (Source: dpa)
6: 2, 6: 4, 3: 3 – Zverev needed that! A brilliant half-volley stop in which the 1.98 meter giant kneels so badly, and then the service game is safely over.
6: 2, 6: 4, 2: 3 – Thiem takes the lead for the first time in this match, but Zverev’s current match should be a cause for concern. He now lets his opponent dictate the game, he makes more mistakes (now 24 unforced mistakes) and doesn’t seem as fast as in the beginning. He absolutely has to catch himself again.
6: 2, 6: 4, 2: 2 – That is now also strong of Thiem, who now has to try everything and Zverev is knocking on the returns. Then there is the German’s next double foul and he suddenly has a breaking point against him. But: Thiem knocks the forehand back out – how often does that happen to him? Then one punch per millimeter is out – it’s just not Thiem’s day. Funnily enough, he still secures the point, as Zverev is also increasingly lacking in concentration.
6: 2, 6: 4, 2: 1 – Emotional Worlds: Here Thiem is desperate when he hits a sure winner in the half field and then desperately grabs his head, here Zverev, who coolly notices the next break and keeps playing his shoe. Is the momentum shifting again?
6: 2, 6: 4, 1: 1 – This is important to Zverev! He takes his own service game to zero and sets the point with an ace.
6: 2, 6: 4, 0: 1 – We have a match! Thiem is now fully there and is finally developing the pressure we’ve seen from him in recent laps. A very dangerous phase for Zverev, who must not lose his line.
Summary 2nd sentence: a crazy passage. Zverev was already leading 5: 1, seemed to keep dominating Thiem at will – but then suddenly faltered. Despite the lost 2nd set, Thiem is much better in the game, he acts more powerfully and makes Zverev think. This match is far from over, Zverev has to be careful.
6: 2, 6: 4 – Zverev looks hit, makes the following double fault at the start of his service game, seeks safety in the course of the game so far. He opens the place with a forehand cross at 30:15, but then moves a backhand. Nevertheless, he still gets the set ball and still secures the second set, Thiem cannot return the strong cross.
6: 2, 5: 4 – Suddenly the Austrian finds his way to the game better. With 212 km / h it reaches 40: 0 and then shortens to 4: 5.
6: 2, 5: 3 – Is Zverev now also considering? His service is no longer so sure, he makes a double mistake. But then the next ace comes, he’s put the ball, comes to the net – and puts the winner out! Then he makes the next double fault, Thiem now also improves his return hits and secures the break. Zverev has now not used a total of four set balls.
Strong 1st set: Alexander Zverev in the US Open final against Dominic Thiem. (Source: dpa)
6: 2, 5: 2 – What kind of match is this? After only 61 minutes, Zverev has put the ball – and that in the final of the US Open! Thiem is still completely beside himself, he lacks the explosiveness, he looks insecure. Time and again he misses the correct length in the strokes, he lets Zverev’s play force him. Zverev himself, on the other hand, clearly plays, has a plan, cannot be discouraged, and is fighting against it. Nonetheless, Thiem saves himself and fends off three set balls, comes over the serve. Now Zverev has the chance to conclude the sentence himself.
6: 2, 5: 1 – Significant: at Zverev (almost) everything is currently working. The next burger cleaning game, and at 40:15 he is lucky enough to have a net scooter jump into the field. Thiem now serves against the loss of the 2nd set.
6: 2, 4: 1 – Incredible what Thiem is doing here. At 3.30 pm on his own service, he makes the following double foul, he has two breakballs against him. Thiem comes back to 40:40, but lets Zverev lure him and hits another forehand that’s way too long.
6: 2, 3: 1 – Zverev withdraws. Thiem has now made 13 mistakes without necessity, the German, on the other hand, plays courageously and sometimes brings a second serve at 210 km / h. His risk is rewarded. On the other hand, Thiem is already struggling, talking to himself.
Dominic Thiem doesn’t find his game yet. (Source: Reuters)
6: 2, 2: 1 – Again as strong as a bear from Zverev! A forehand winner at 30:30 and he’s already got the next break ball! Thiem then gives him the gift when his forehand goes out. What’s wrong with the Austrian?
6: 2, 1: 1 – Zverev, on the other hand, ends his service game in just under a minute, Thiem can’t do anything.
6: 2, 0: 1 – Thiem spends his service game, but with a lot, a lot of effort. He fights for more control in the rallies, makes his fourth double fault, takes advantage of a net scooter, but eventually makes the point. He clenches his fist as he goes to the couch – was that the sense of accomplishment he needed?
Summary 1st set: Zverev plays concentrated, focused, makes hardly any mistakes, gets 16 winners (Thiem only four) – and wins the 1st set well deserved. Thiem hasn’t been able to develop his powerful game yet – also because Zverev just didn’t want him.
1st part, 6: 2 – That is just strong of Zverev: he puts Thiem under pressure with his serve, but then also picks up, moves forward and forces the points. Thiem is a few meters behind the baseline and cannot free himself. Then he offers him the forehand side – and Zverev gets the first set after just 30 minutes.
1st part, 5: 2 – Zverev has also adapted well to Thiem’s longline hit, bringing the balls back well. Thiem then makes a double fault, but puts an ace behind him. But Zverev remains calm and counts with a forehand winner. And: Thiem’s next double fault and a warped forehand out of bounds. The next break for Zverev – now he serves to win the set.
1st part, 4: 2 – Zverev is quickly and uncompromisingly bringing his service game to zero, Thiem is already struggling to bring back the German’s hard services. Well played by the German.
1st part, 3: 2 – This is not the Thiem of the tournament so far. Only 25 percent of his first serve comes into the field, and he makes unusual mistakes. At 30:30, though, he seems to calm himself down, coming in with his forehand – but Zverev counteracts with his own forehand, is also lucky with the net edge and forces a draw. But then he warps a backhand and lets Thiem put pressure on him.
Dominic Thiem in the US Open final. (Source: dpa)
1st part, 3: 1 – Zverev’s first service comes at 222 km / h. Thiem returns, but Zverev comes online and forces the points. And again sprinkles a backhand longline up to 40: 0. Clear sign towards Thiem.
1st part, 2: 1 – Thiem looks impressed, makes the first double fault at 3:15 pm and then completely distorts a forehand. Zverev gives away the first break ball, then opens the game with a backhand longline, goes online and gets the break anyway.
1st part, 1: 1 – Zverev starts his first service game with an ace and wants to set an example. A winner at 30:15, followed by two aces. Zverev is there, unlike in the semi-final against Pablo Carreno Busta.
1st set, 0: 1 – Zverev moves well in the beginning, is in the rallies and is not deterred by a Thiem ace. However, he sometimes still lacks the length in the strokes, a forehand ends up in the net twice. First point for the Austrian.
Start of the match: it starts at Arthur Ashe Stadium!
Before the match: By the way, Thiem clearly leads in a direct comparison – the Austrian won seven out of a total of nine matches and Zverev won only twice.
Before the match: By the way, Zverev is the first German in the New York final since Michael Stich in 1994. At the time, however, Andre Agassi won in three sets of 6: 1, 7: 6, 7: 5. Thiem is even the first Austrian in the final in Flushing Meadows.
Alexander Zverev on his way to court at Arthur Ashe Stadium. (Source: Reuters)
Before the match: Zverev and Thiem have just arrived at Arthur Ashe Stadium. It starts in a few minutes.
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 to 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 made one sentence 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. Plus, 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 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.
Nonetheless, former world-class German player Nicolas Kiefer says in an interview with Chillreport: “Thiem has an advantage.” Why – and how Zverev could do it – read here.