Dominic Thiem has written Austrian sports history in a final that is unsurpassed in drama. September 13, 2020 (local time) will forever remain a holiday for the 27-year-old Lower Austrian. Thiem shot the final against the German Alexander Zverev in New York after a 0-2 set and a 3-5 set gap in set five after 4:01 hours to win 2:6,4:6,6:4,6:3,7:6(6).
25 years after Thomas Muster at the French Open, the 27-year-old from Lower Austria became the second Austrian to win a single Grand Slam title on Sunday (local time). For his victory, Thiem collected a check in the amount of 3 million US dollars (2.53 million euros) and 2,000 ATP points. In his fourth attempt in a major final match after the French Open in 2018 and 2019 and this year at the Australian Open, he has finally made the big shot for the world number three.
Next number three
Thiem increased his career prize money to 26.9 million dollars, but he remains third in the ATP ranking for the time being. Thiem is, by the way, the first premiere Grand Slam winner since Croatian Marin Cilic – also at the US Open – in 2014. In the professional era since 1968, Thiem is the first player to turn around a 0:2 in sets in a US Open final.
— Hector Pascua with reports from News Agencies. Picture: stockilyapp.com
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