The best for last? Zverev summons Thiem

New York (AP) – Is a German tennis player triumphing at the US Open for the first time since Boris Becker 31 years ago?

Will a German win a Grand Slam tournament in Australia for the first time since Becker 25 years ago? Will Alexander Zverev make his debut title in one of the four main tournaments in the first final?

The German news agency looks at the final of the US Open 2020 on Sunday (10 p.m. CEST / Eurosport): the previous German Grand Slam finalists, the balance between Zverev and Dominic Thiem, their way to the final and some experts and ex-pros say.

The previous German Grand Slam finalists:

Boris Becker 10th (Wimbledon Championships 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1995, US Open 1989, Australian Open 1991, 1996)
Michael Stich 3rd (Wimbledon Championships 1991, US Open 1994, French Open 1996)
Rainer Schüttler 1 (Australian Open 2003)
Alexander Zverev 1 (US Open 2020)

“We’re both going to be under a lot of pressure, we’ve worked really hard for it,” said Thiem. The pressure for the number three in the world and finalist of the Australian Open from Austria is slightly greater than for Zverev, number seven in the tennis world from Hamburg.

The finalists in comparison:

Alexander Zverev (Hamburg) Dominic Thiem (Austria)
Age 23 27
World rankings 7th 3
residence Monte Carlo Lichtenwörth
birthplace Hamburg Wiener Neustadt
size 1.98 meters 1.85 meters
Clap with your hand Turn right Turn right
Grand Slam Title
Grand Slam final 1 (US Open 2020) 4 (French Open 2018/2019, Australian Open 2020, US Open 2020)
Career titles in general 11 16
Career Prize Money ** about $ 21.1 million about $ 23.9 million
Trainer Alexander Zverev Sr. and David Ferrer Nicolas Massu

** for the US Open

At the age of 23, Zverev made it to the last game for the first time in a Grand Slam – and so far he has been especially convincing in his performances with strong nerves and composure. “Sometimes you don’t play your best tennis, but the most important thing is to find a way to win,” said Germany’s first male tennis professional in the US Open final since Michael Stich in 1994.

The paths of the two finalists in the final:

ALEXANDER ZVEREV:

round opponent Result
1 round Kevin Anderson (South Africa) 7: 6 (7: 2), 5: 7, 6: 3, 7: 5
2nd round Brandon Nakashima (USA) 7: 5, 6: 7 (8:10), 6: 3, 6: 1
3rd round Adrian Mannarino (France) 6: 7 (4: 7), 6: 4, 6: 2, 6: 2
Round of 16 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (Spain) 6: 2, 6: 2, 6: 1
Quarter-finals Borna Coric (Croatia) 1: 6, 7: 6 (7: 5), 7: 6 (7: 1), 6: 3
Semi-finals Pablo Carreño Busta (Spain) 3: 6, 2: 6, 6: 3, 6: 4, 6: 3

DOMINIC THIEM:

round opponent Result
1 round Jaume Munar (Spain) 7: 6 (8: 6), 6: 3 exercise
2nd round Sumit Nagal (India) 6: 3, 6: 3, 6: 2
3rd round Marin Cilic (Croatia / 31) 6: 2, 6: 2, 3: 6, 6: 3
Round of 16 Felix Auger-Aliassime (Canada / 15) 7: 6 (7: 4), 6: 1, 6: 1
Quarter-finals Alex de Minaur (Australia / 21) 6: 1, 6: 2, 6: 4
Semi-finals Daniil Medvedev (Russia) 6: 2, 7: 6 (9: 7), 7: 6 (7: 5)

Boris Becker called Zverev “mentality monster” after winning the semi-final against Carreño Busta after a 2-0 set deficit. Rainer Schüttler, the last male German tennis professional to date in a Grand Slam final (which he lost to American Andre Agassi) at the Australian Open in 2003, Zverev testified in an interview with the internet portal “ran.de” as a “great performance” and “Strong nerves to play a game like this”. And yet not only speaks the record for his Sunday opponent. “I can’t imagine Thiem won’t win,” said Swedish ex-pro and current Eurosport pundit Mats Wilander.

In a direct comparison with Thiem, Zverev is 2: 7 behind for the tenth game. Recently, Zverev first reached a Grand Slam semifinal at the Australian Open in Melbourne at the start of the year, but narrowly lost to Thiem for the one-month hiatus of the tour due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The previous matches between Thiem and Zverev at a glance:

year contest Topping round winner Result
2016 Munich sand Quarter-finals Thiem 4: 6, 6: 2, 6: 3
2016 Fun sand last Thiem 6: 4, 3: 6, 6: 0
2016 French Open sand 3rd round Thiem 6: 7 (4: 7), 6: 3, 6: 3, 6: 3
2016 Beijing Hard court 1 round Zverev 4: 6, 6: 1, 6: 3
2017 Rotterdam Hard court 1 round Thiem 3: 6, 6: 3, 6: 4
2018 Madrid sand last Zverev 6: 4, 6: 4
2018 French Open sand Quarter-finals Thiem 6: 4, 6: 2, 6: 1
2019 ATP World Championship Hard court Semi-finals Thiem 7: 5, 6: 3
2020 Australian Open Hard court Semi-finals Thiem 3: 6, 6: 4, 7: 6 (7: 3), 7: 6 (7: 4)
2020 US open Hard court last ? ?

“Of course I would like to have a German Grand Slam winner in the men’s race again. That would do tennis in Germany very well,” said Rainer Schüttler on “ran.de”.

Alexander Zverev’s older brother Mischa told Sky TV broadcaster: “Thiem needs his rhythm. Sascha could destroy him by serving well. Most of all, Sascha said he hasn’t played his best tennis yet. all surprise. “

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