For the first time in the history of the US Open, the final was played in the tie-break of the fifth set. An exception all the more remarkable as the decisive game in the decisive round was introduced in 1970 in the American Grand Slam. It is therefore a first in half a century of existence. And Dominic Thiem took a nice revenge on his personal story. In the quarter-final in 2018, the Austrian ended up giving in to the final decisive game against Rafael Nadal. This time, fate (or fate according to beliefs) has been favorable to him.
No player had managed to recover two sets of handicap in the final of the American Major in the Open era before him. But Dominic Thiem did not achieve an unprecedented feat either, since the American Pancho Gonzales had achieved it in 1949, so 71 years ago. In Grand Slam, the last to have done so is none other than the Argentinian Gaston Gaudio at Roland-Garros in 2004. Since the beginning of the Open era, only at Roland-Garros have been such reversals of the situation had been seen before Sunday.
Dominic Thiem became the first Austrian to win the US Open. He is also the second to triumph in a Grand Slam tournament. His compatriot Thomas Muster had paved the way for him by offering himself the trophy at Roland Garros in 1995.
At 27, the Austrian became the first player born in the 1990s to win a Major. After three failures in the final at Roland Garros in 2018 and 2019 as well as at the Australian Open in 2020, Thiem ended up seeing his perseverance and self-sacrifice pay off. Until this US Open 2020, only three players born after January 1, 1990 had reached a major final: Thiem, of course, Daniil Medvedev at Flushing also last year, and before them Milos Raonic, at Wimbledon, in 2016. Zverev joined them in New York, but Thiem is therefore the first to triumph.
Despite himself, Alexander Zverev has also made history. He is the first player to have won the semi-final of a Grand Slam tournament by being led 2 sets to 0, before losing the final by leading 2 sets to zero. Sacred reverse of fortune.
It has been six years since we had another Grand Slam winner. The poster for this 2020 final gave the assurance that a new head would indeed be crowned and Dominic Thiem inherited this honor. The last to have done in the unpublished was Marin Cilic, crowned in 2014 at Flushing in a final without a member of the Big 3 either, a rarity, since Kei Nishikori was facing him.
The Austrian is finally the 150th player to register his name in one of the four Grand Slam tricks.