Dominic Thiem is one match away from Grand Slam greatness – can Alexander Zverev steal the moment for himself in…
Dominic Thiem is one match away from Grand Slam greatness – can Alexander Zverev steal the moment for himself in the US Open men’s final?
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The first Grand Slam final in six years not to feature one of the ‘Big Four’ takes place in an empty Arthur Ashe Stadium on Sunday night as Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev battle to be crowned US Open champion.
Thiem has lost three Grand Slam finals, but he’s 7-2 vs Zverev and the muscular Austrian has shone where Zverev has struggled in the quarters and semifinals. Can Zverev find a way to upset the favourite and crown himself?
Read on for our preview, predictions and live streaming information.
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Thiem vs Zverev: Head-to-head
Dominic Thiem leads the head-to-head with Alexander Zverev 7-2, and has won their last three matches and all three matches they have played at Grand Slam level.
They last met at the Australian Open in January when Thiem lost the first set but won 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(3), 7-6(4).
Thiem vs Zverev: Preview
Dominic Thiem is rightfully the favourite to win this US Open final. Obviously anything can happen when two players take to the court, particularly at this oddest of US Opens. But since the shock exit of Novak Djokovic guaranteed a new Grand Slam men’s singles champion, only one of these two players has looked absolutely ready to rise to the occasion, and that’s been Thiem.
While his early-round performances were average, good enough but no better, Thiem has started playing his best tennis in the second week, flattening young pretenders Felix Auger-Aliassime and Alex de Minaur. In the semifinal clash which was decidedly the heavyweight bout of the two, Thiem’s proactive, aggressive tennis rocked 2019 runner-up Daniil Medvedev back on his heels, and although it was a long and gruelling match, Thiem absolutely refused to let it become any longer or more gruelling than it had to be: He came back from a set down in both the second and third sets and saved set point in the second-set tie-break to win 6-2, 7-6(7), 7-6(5).
By contrast, Alexander Zverev played a very poor first set in the quarterfinals against Borna Coric, a match which never rose above the mediocre, and he was appalling in the first two sets against Pablo Carreno Busta. He did play better, but never really well, and often looked like he was struggling to win a point with any shot other than his first serve. Credit to Zverev for digging himself out of a hole, but it was a hole he buried himself in. To start two matches in a row very poorly, looking unprepared to be out there, doesn’t suggest that he’s primed to win this title.
Will Zverev play better when he’s not the favourite to win, as he was against Coric and Carreno Busta? Perhaps. There’s also the right Achilles issue which bothered Thiem in his semifinal against Medvedev, although his trainer has insisted he’ll be fine for Sunday.
Still, the head-to-head is pretty one-sided in Thiem’s favour: He has won seven of nine vs Zverev, all three of their Grand Slam matches (including a four-set battle in the semifinals of the Australian Open) and the last three they have played. The Austrian’s tremendous power off both wings, even when well behind the baseline, can break down Zverev’s more erratic forehand, and he’s just generally a more rounded and versatile player right now, not to mention psychologically primed to seize this opportunity. After losing to him, Medvedev said that Thiem had a ‘winning energy’. I agree.