Zverev rallies by Carreno Busta to reach US Open final

Alexander Zverev fought back from two sets down to reach the US Open final

Playing Dominic Thiem at the moment is like facing some of the game's all-time greats, Russia's Daniil Medvedev said after the Austrian beat him on Friday to reach the US Open final.

Murray famously lost his first four slam finals before stopping the rot with a victory over Djokovic in NY in 2012.

"I knew that I had to come up with better tennis and I knew that I had to be more stable. but I am through to my first Grand Slam final and that's all that matters", said Zverev.

"I won't change my mindset at all". In 23 years, Zverev is the youngest player to reach the finals of this Grand Slam in ten years.

"For me, it really doesn't matter whether it's him or one of the Big Three". World number 3 Thiem has a 7-2 head-to-head advantage over German Zverev, who has been seeded fifth in the tournament. Who will win the US Open according to Jannik Sinner?

Murray eventually went on to win Wimbledon twice on top of his US Open triumph. Roger Federer was also forced to sit out this year's competition due to two knee surgeries. And Djokovic's tournament ended at 6-5 in the first set of his fourth-round match when the No. 1 seed and title favorite was disqualified for accidentally hitting a line judge in the throat with a ball after dropping a game in the first set. For one, going into the semifinals, "Four of Zverev's five matches had gone to four sets, and all of them were 1-1 after two", stated Bleacher Report.

While Thiem reached his first major semifinal back in 2016 and has been knocking on the door since, this is relatively new territory for his opponent.

Dominic Thiem beat Daniil Medvedev to progress to Sunday's final
Dominic Thiem beat Daniil Medvedev to progress to Sunday's final

Zverev and Thiem, good friends and with a rivalry that is on the way to being classic (7-2 for the Austrian, who dominates 3-0 in Grand Slams), will offer an unprecedented final.

"Sunday is going to be extremely hard", Zverev said after climbing out of a two-set ditch to defeat No. 20 Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 in the semifinals Friday, becoming the youngest Open finalist (23) since Djokovic in 2010.

It was an entertaining tussle between two players who are getting more and more familiar with one another's games. Tie-breaks are really mentally a tough thing.

One key element Sunday should be Thiem's resolute returning against Zverev's superb serving.

According to journalist Daniel Kaplan, ESPN would have recorded a 46% drop in ratings in the first eight days of matches at the US Open.

More than the straight sets result, Thiem's ability to weather any rough patches should be his north star as he prepares for another shot at Grand Slam glory on Sunday. Five of these providers allow you to watch the 2020 U.S. Open Men's Final live using iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast and Web.

He called his win over Medvedev "probably the toughest straight-set win I ever had" and his past tussles with Zverev have not been easy.

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