Austrian tennis player Dominic Thiem, second seeded, rallied two sets against and defeated 2-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 and 7-6 (6) to German Alexander Zverev, fifth seed, and was proclaimed new champion of the United States Open.

The title was Grand Slam first achieved by Thiem, 27, who played his fourth final of a major tournament, the second in a row after he played the Australian Open last January and lost to Serbian Novak Djokovic.

This time, although he had to come back two sets against, he lost the first two, Thiem was again superior to Zverec, 23-year-old, whom he has beaten for the eighth time in the 10 matches they have had.

Thiem did not play his best tennis in the first two sets of the match, easily won by Zverev, his serve did not respond to him and neither did the game from the back of the court. But everything changed from the fourth game of the third set when he achieved his second break of the match for the 2-2 run and then in the tenth to secure the sleeve.

The same thing happened in the ninth game of the fourth, when Thiem made the break and achieved the partial 5-4 and with his serve he secured the set that forced the fifth and decisive.

Both tennis players held their serve until two were made breaks each for force the tie-break, in which Thiem to the third game ball with his serve he secured the most important victory of his professional career, which also broke the spell of the Grand Slam finals.

Germany’s Alexander Zverev, after his loss to Dominic Thiem in the US Open final.
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Thiem, trained by former Chilean player Nicolás Massú, who grew up in the most difficult moments, this time he did not fail and after four hours and a minute of action on center court Arthur Ashe achieved his big dream.

The Austrian tennis player finished the match with 43 winners by 55 errors not forced, compared to 52 and 64, respectively of Zverev, who this time could not have his serve as a winning factor when he finished with 15 aces and 13 double faults.

Thiem with his triumph takes a prize of three million dollars for one and a half that Zverev receives, who was the third German tennis player to play the final of the United States Open after Boris Becker, in 1989, when he won the title, and then in 1994, Michael Stich, who lost it in front of Andre Agassi.

Zverev, who is coached by former Spanish player David Ferrer, played his first US Open final in all six appearances he has had and also his first of a Grand Slam.