A different champion

This Sunday (22:00, Eurosport) the US Open will have an unprecedented champion, Dominic Thiem or Alexander Zverev. It is the fourth grand final for the Austrian and the first for the German.


This Sunday the US Open will crown a different champion. Dominic Thiem, world number three, and Alexander Zverev, seventh in the ranking, will meet from 22:00 (Eurosport) in the final of the American tournament. The Grand Slam winner will not be named Federer, Nadal or Djokovic for the first time since Stan Wawrinka lifted the trophy in New York in 2016 and will be the first to debut his majors record since doing so, also at the US Open. , Marin Cilic in 2014. It will also be the first time that a tennis player born in the 90's has triumphed in a big one. Players enlightened in the 80s won the last 63 Slams. The last of the 70s was Gastón Gaudio, at Roland Garros 2004.

These are the data that will result from a match in which the two best players of the championship will face each other, who reached the last round in very different ways. Zverev passed Cain's to overcome Pablo Carreño, who had an initial advantage of two sets, but ended up falling 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 and 6-3 in a battle of 3h: 23 . The man from Gijón ended up fused and with problems, again, in the lower back, but he still has the consolation of having embroidered it in the first two sleeves and that tomorrow he will return to the top-20 of the ranking (18th). The German had never come back from a two-set deficit. That determination may have something to do with his recent professional relationship with the legendary incombustible David Ferrer. Sascha will finally play his first grand final.

Thiem, for his part, beat Daniil Medvedev (6-2, 7-6 (7) and 7-6 (5) in 2:56 am) in a duel that many had called an early end. The Austrian, in full maturity, entered the match for the title of a major for the fourth time (he lost the Roland Garros finals in 2018 and 2019 and Australia in 2020). He did it with intelligence and a know-how that his rival did not have, which was short-circuited by a confrontation with the chair umpire Damien Dumusois, who he had armed it with last year also in Flushing Meadows, because he did not accept the review of a take out. The Russian entered the Thiem court area, something that is not allowed, and then took it with the supervisor ("The US Open is a joke; you don't do anything," he snapped). He lost the point, the game and shortly after the first set. He then had a break advantage in the next two rounds, but Dom came back in both and won in separate tiebreaks.

Zverev and Thiem, good friends and with a rivalry that is on the way to being classic (7-2 for the Austrian, who dominates 3-0 in Grand Slams), will offer an unprecedented final. “It is going to be an extremely difficult match. Our duel in Australia was epic, "said Alexander, who hopes to be the first German to win the US Open since Boris Becker did it in 1989." I don't want to keep losing finals, "warned Dominic, who wants to make history for Austria by being the second Grand Slam champion of his country after Thomas Muster (Roland Garros 1995). He already knocked on the door of glory and he deserves it. What is certain is that this Sunday there will be a first-time winner.

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