It was “Grand Slam” at last for Austria’s Dominic Thiem after he clinched his first Grand Slam title with a courageous fightback from two sets down to upset Alexander Zverev in the US Open 2020 final.
Thiem, 27, had lost his last three major finals and looked destined for another painful defeat.
But 23-year-old Zverev, who was playing in his first Slam final, became nervous at decisive moments and Thiem took full advantage.
Both players failed to serve out victory in a tense decider before Thiem sealed a 2-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 7-6 (8-6) win.
Second seed Thiem becomes the first player to claim a Grand Slam title from two sets down since Argentine Gaston Gaudio at the French Open in 2004 and the first player to achieve the feat in New York since Pancho Gonzales’ comeback in 1949.
Thiem’s triumph makes him the first man to win a maiden Grand Slam singles title since Croat Marin Cilic’s 2014 US Open victory.
The absence of Rafael Nadal (2019 US Open champion) and Swiss great Roger Federer at the behind-closed-doors Grand Slam, plus the disqualification of world number one Novak Djokovic for hitting a line judge with a ball, paved the way for a new name to be carved on to a major trophy.
Thiem became the first man outside the ‘Big Three’ to win the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon or US Open since Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka victory at Flushing Meadows in 2016.
Thiem, remains third in the world rankings.