Zverev breaks in seventh game of first set!
First set: *Zverev 5-2 Thiem
After getting pushed to 30-all on his serve, Thiem responds with his fastest serve of the day: a 109mph ace out wide for 40-30. But Zverev pounds a backhand winner from the baseline on the next point for deuce and then Thiem makes his third double fault for another break-point chance. And he converts it, hitting a backhand up the line that Thiem can’t return into the court for a double-break lead! The Austrian is serving at only 37% and winning 29% of the second-serve points. Zverev will serve for the set after the change of ends.
First set: Zverev 4-2 Thiem*
Another love hold for the dialed-in Zverev, including a 124mph ace down the pipe. A brisk 49-second service game and he’s won the last 11 points on his serve.
First set: *Zverev 3-2 Thiem
More trouble for Thiem as he quickly goes down love-30 on his serve with his third and fourth unforced errors. He answers with a few winners for 40-30, but Zverev pushes it to deuce. Thiem escapes with the hold from there, winning a couple of commanding points from the baseline.
First set: Zverev 3-1 Thiem*
Zverev backs up the break emphatically, going 138mph unreturnable serve, backhand volley winner followed by backhand and forehand winners from the baseline to hold at love. The 23-year-old German is swinging freely, his forehand averaging 83mph off the ground. A far better start than in Friday’s semi-final.
Zverev breaks in third game of first set!
First set: *Zverev 2-1 Thiem
Zverev wins the first point on Thiem’s serve, taking control of a 14-shot rally early and closing it out with a forehand volley winner. Thiem then double-faults for 15-30 then makes an unforced error early in a rally for 15-40. Two break points for Zverev. Thiem saves the first with a backhand volley winner but Zverev converts the second for the early break. Thiem is struggling with his first serve early: he’s only got two of 10 in so far and won three of 11 first-serve points.
First set: Zverev 1-1 Thiem*
Zverev answers with an easy opening service game of his own, closing out the hold with a 136mph ace out wide followed by a 135mph ace down the middle.
Three years after Vogue magazine tabbed Thiem and Zverev as the sport’s next big stars in its September issue, one of them will finally break through for their first career major championship today.
Zverev is the youngest men’s grand slam finalist since Novak Djokovic, who was also 23 years old when he reached the 2010 US Open final. He’s looking to become the youngest major champion since Juan Martin del Potro, who was 20 when he won at Flushing Meadows back in 2009. He can also become the first German man to win a major since Boris Becker at the 1996 Australian Open and would join Becker as only the second man from Germany to win the US Open.
This is also the youngest grand slam final since Djokovic, then 24, faced Nadal, 25, in the 2012 Australian Open final – and assures us the first ever major champion born in the 1990s and 63 straight born in the 80s.
Thiem can become only the second Austrian grand slam champion after Thomas Muster, the 1995 French Open champion. As mentioned, he is looking to win his first major title in his fourth appearance in a final. The other four men in the Open era who lost their first three major finals each went on to win at least one: Goran Ivanisevic (who broke through at 2001 Wimbledon), Andy Murray (2012 US Open), Andre Agassi (1992 Wimbledon) and Ivan Lendl (1984 Roland Garros).
Tale of the tape
Hello and welcome to Arthur Ashe Stadium for the US Open men’s singles final between Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem. Today’s showdown between two of the tour’s most promising young talents of the past few years will see a first-time grand slam champion on the men’s side for the first time since Marin Cilic won the 2014 US Open. It’s the 23-year-old Zverev’s first major final and the 27-year-old Thiem’s fourth after losses to Rafael Nadal at the last two French Open and a defeat to Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open earlier this year.