Alexander Zverev is the first German to win a Grand Slam tournament in 24 years. Nicolas Kiefer, a former world-class player, explains Zverev’s chances in the US Open final.
It is the biggest and most important match in Alexander Zverev’s career: the 23-year-old is in the final of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time – and scores today (from 10 p.m. in the live ticker on Chillreport) in the final of the US Open 2020 on his good friend Dominic Thiem. Will Germany’s best tennis player create the sensation against the Austrian and win the title of Flushing Meadows? He would be Germany’s first Grand Slam winner since Boris Becker, who won the Australian Open in 1996.
But Thiem is in top form, only making one set in the entire tournament (in the 3rd round in 6: 2, 6: 2, 3: 6, 6: 3 against Marin Cilic, the editor’s note). Zverev, on the other hand, had to fight often, last wrestling in the semifinals against Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta in 3:22 hours to a 3: 6, 2: 6, 6: 3, 6: 4, 6: 3, but made a more stable, focused and balanced impression in this US Open than in previous Grand Slam appearances.
For Chillreport, former world-class German player Nicolas Kiefer analyzes Zverev’s chances of winning the tournament.
Even after his retirement from tennis: Nicolas Kiefer currently advises the traditional SCC Berlin. He works as an expert for the tour operator Robinson and has his own fashion label under “NK #kiwifash”. (Source: Photo: Nicolas Kiefer)
Chillreport: Mr. Kiefer, what does Alexander “Sascha” Zverev have to improve in comparison to the semi-final against Pablo Carreno Busta?
Nicolas Kiefer (43): He has to play consistently from the start and cannot let himself fluctuate. Thiem is a player who does not give presents. Sascha has to play at the limit all the time, only then he has a chance.
How do you see the starting situation for the final?
Both definitely deserved the final. I’m sure they will dominate tennis for years to come, many more titles to follow. But the advantage lies with Thiem. He has already played three Grand Slam finals, for Zverev this is a completely new situation that he has to deal with first.
Where does Thiem have weaknesses that Zverev could use?
That is a good question. He played incredibly consistently throughout the tournament, played aggressively – just great. If Thiem really has a weakness, then maybe on the net at volleyball. He mainly plays from the baseline and actually only gets on the net to put down the volley or shake hands after the game (laughs).
Last major match: Thiem (left) and Zverev met in the semifinals of the Australian Open in January. Thiem won 3: 6, 6: 4, 7: 6. (Source: image images)
What does Zverev expect in the final?
Sascha has to adapt to brutally hard rallies. But both are in a good mood when it comes to playing, both are in great shape. It’s going to be a damn thrilling finale. They actually earned a full stadium with 20,000 spectators for this.
And who will win the US Open 2020 now?
Of course I wish Sascha a lot, but I see Thiem in the front. 55 percent Thiem, 45 percent Zverev. He’s really in top shape now and could use his greater experience.