2020 US Open final: Alexander Zverev’s path to the final

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The German arrives with a lot of wear in his six previous games (only one could define in straight sets) and in the semifinal he starred in an epic comeback.

Alexander Zverev face, with 23 years, his first chance to win a Grand Slam tournament when he faced Dominic Thiem in the deciding match of the United States Open this Sunday, which he agreed to after having gone through an arduous road to the final, with only one of his six previous matches resolved in three sets and a semi-final in which he starred in a huge and grueling comeback.

The German, number seven in the ATP Tour rankings and fifth seed at the US Open, will play his 10th match against Dominic Thiem (2), so a new name will be inscribed among the Grand Slam champions, as both have yet to fill that box in their record as professional tennis players.

Anyway, the Austrian has an advantage in that item, since he has three lost definitions: two at Roland Garros against Rafael Nadal and one in Australia against Novak Djokovic.

Creditor of eleven titles, three of them in the Masters 1000 series, Alexader Zverev reaches the final with an average stay on the courts of two hours and 54 minutes for each game, which represents 39 minutes more than his rival this Sunday (2:15), who never needed more than three hours to define a match.

Mischa, instead, had three crosses with more than three hours on the track, from the same debut against South African Kevin Anderson, a former world number five who currently ranks 123rd in the rankings and makes him a dangerous rival for the seeded, even as he seeks to regain his best form after knee surgery.

The lack of forcefulness of the German to resolve favorable situations allowed Anderson to demand more than the account; Zverev won 7-6 (2) 5-7 6-3 7-5, in three hours and seven minutes.

The second step was crossed with the local Brandon Nakashima, American of Japanese origin and 223rd in the world, only 19 years old. The first two sets were highly contested, given the antecedents of both, and only in the end the Teuton was able to unlock the game, which he won 7-5, 6-7 (8), 6-3 and 6-1, again in almost three hours (2:55).

In the third round he met the Frenchman Adrian Mannarino (32), in a match that was delayed until the tournament authorities made sure that the Frenchman did not have coronavirus, given that he had been in contact with his compatriot Benoit Paire, who hours before had tested positive for Covid-19.

After losing the first set in a tie break, Zverev triumphed 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2 and 6-2, although he was unstable with his serve: although he managed 14 aces, he suffered 11 double faults.

The simplest match was presented in the round of 16, instance in which he got rid of the Spanish Alejandro Davidovich (99), who ended the game injured. The victory was 6-2, 6-2 and 6-1. Zverev only needed 58 minutes to win the first two sets with a good tennis level, leaning on his serve. At the beginning of the third, the Spaniard began to have problems with his right ankle but refused to leave the court and reached the end with a visible limp and gestures of suffering.

Another big obstacle was Borna Coric (27), who had just eliminated Stefanos Tsitsipas (4) in the round of 16. Annoyed by his constant double faults and with the judges, Zverev appeared to stagger. Suddenly the German woke up.

Trailing by one set and one break, he came close to being down by two sets to one. But he won 14 of 15 points in a key stretch of the match to seal his semi-final ticket, with a 1-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (1) 6-3 victory over the Croatian.

Epic was the comeback in the semifinals against the Spanish Pablo Carreño Busta (20), who had the German on the ropes but ended up succumbing in five sets 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 and 6-3 in three hours and 22 minutes of play.

In a dramatic script twist, Zverev went from skirting a humiliating loss to lifting a 2-0 win for the first time in his career and qualifying for his first Grand Slam final.

“I saw the score, two sets against, and it was incredible. I was in a semi-final where I was supposed to be the favorite and I thought there’s no way I’m playing that badly. I knew I had to play better. I had never come back two sets. against, but I am very happy to have done it on this stage, in the Grand Slam semifinals, “he said. Mischa.

The pupil of Spanish David Ferrer arrives, with this course, to his first Grand Slam final with the plan to emulate Boris Becker, the captain of the German Davis Cup team and the last male tennis player from his country to win at the US Open (1989) and in achieving a great tournament, the one achieved in the 1996 Australian Open.

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