The US Open win of Dominic Thiem marks the first tennis major winner since 2016 outside the big three of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. The victory is a huge milestone for Thiem as it serves as his first Grand Slam in his career.
It was a come from behind five-set win for Thiem as he endured a 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 win against Alexander Zverev. The two battled a strong match to conclude the unique predicament of the tournament. Amidst the empty Arthur Ashe Stadium, Thiem powered through and was in top form to pull away with the victory. Strong groundstrokes and consistent ball placement proved to be crucial for the Austrian as he was able to maintain the pace of the match.
“I wish we could have two winners today,” Thiem said by way of ESPN.
This is a remarkable win for Thiem as he’s the first player since 1949 to win the US Open after trailing two sets in the finals.
“I think we both deserved it,” Thiem continued.
This proves to be a historic moment for the 27-year-old as he was able to take advantage of the opportunity of the big three out of action. It was Stan Wawrinka who won the last title outside the big three when the Swiss star won the US Open in 2016.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner Federer has been out of action for the year as he’s nursing a knee injury. For the Spanish legend Nadal, it was his personal choice of opting out of the tournament as a precautionary measure for the coronavirus.
This year’s US Open had Djokovic as the clear favorite to win as he entered the brackets with an undefeated slate. The impressive 2020 record of the Serbian was snapped in the most controversial manner as he was disqualified from his fourth-round matchup against Pablo Carenno Busta. The umpire was forced to default the world number one player for ball abuse as he inadvertently struck a line judge with a stray ball.
For Zvererev, he’s been considered as one of the players with high potential as he’s proven to be a force to be reckoned with. The athleticism that he posses coupled with power and intensity on the court makes him a key figure to watch out for in years to come. It will only be a matter of time before Zverev and Thiem rise as the main stars of the sport.