New York – There is no end to any other competition in the United States – As an unprecedented fifth-set tiebreaker, Dominic Theme became the first man in 711 years to win the final of the tournament after reaching the first two sets.
So close to defeat at the almost empty Arthur Ash Stadium – fans were banned due to the coronavirus epidemic – the theme slowly but surely turned against a catastrophic Alexander Zaverev and reached 2–6, 4–6, -4–4, to Galen-3, 7-6 (6) to win his first Grand Slam title at Flashing Meadows.
When a backhand from Zaverev landed wide at the third championship point, a tired theme went back to the back of the baseline and covered his face with his hands. When he woke up, he met Xavier, who used to wander the net to clap, then embrace his friend and foe, two rarely seen in this age of social distance.
He then rested his head on the shoulders of 23-year-old Levin Zverev from Germany, who came within two points of what would become his first major victory.
Theme said, “I hope we could have won two today. I think we both deserved it.”
The 2-year-old from Austria is the first person to win an American Grand Slam tournament and has competed in an event known as the US Championship against Pancho Gonzalez Ted Schroeder in 1949 since losing 2-0 in the final set.
The event was never settled by the fifth set tiebreaker; Novak Djokovic had no major tournament at Wimbledon in 2019 until he defeated Roger Federer in that way.
“I hope I could have held this trophy if you had missed a little more,” Zavrev was referring to his parents, “but here I am giving the runner-up speech.”
As Theme proceeded to pose for pictures with his shiny new bit of hardware, Xavier retreated a few feet, one hand holding his less-than-impressive silver tray, the other hand over his buttocks.
The process takes 4 hours 2 minutes. And think about it: just 1 1/2 hours later, Zverev scored 2-1 with two sets and the third 2-1 with a break.
Of all the people, however, Zavrev should have known that what seemed like an impossible mountain to climb for the theme at this point was really achievable. After all, in Thursday’s semifinal, Pablo Carrio trailed 2-0 against Busta before Zverev came back from winning.
The theme started 0-3 days in the Grand Slam final, but this was always faced by a member of the Big Three in men’s tennis. This time he was the most favorite and came out anxiously, but in the end he worked his way out of there.
The fifth set was as backward as the other four, the mistakes were raised with excitement and there was a history of offense.
Theve broke up in the opening game when Juverev tied the knot. Zverev went straight back – and “Come on!” Its rare screams broke the silence! – When the theme is doubled
Thiem then sent the down-the-line backhand to walk into the air and proceeded towards Zverev’s nose before breaking a 5-5 run lead.
However, with the chance to win the biggest victory of his ninety career, Zverev deviated and broke his right back when he hit a volley into the net.
It was the start of three games for the theme, who went ahead by a ve-5 interval, when Zverev caught the backhand net and then made a long forehand, seizing his own chance to serve.
After checking the trainer on his right foot during the next change, the theme could not seal the deal, and they went to the tiebreaker.
Although it was Zaverev’s first Slam final at No. 7, after defeating 12-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros in 2013 and 2019, it was the first to win at No. 3 Thiem – The epidemic frustrated the world before tennis was given five months apart.
Instead of wild applause and loud shouts welcoming the great exchange, the soundtrack originally came from outside the largest court in tennis, courtesy of roaring planes, roaring trains, recovering car engines, horns and mourning sirens. There were occasional polite compliments from the dozens of tournament staff allowed in the stands – and shouts of encouragement to the players in the depths of the match.
But the loud crowds heard by TV viewers were fake, the broadcaster added.
Unable to get support from what was always in the electrical environment, an evening that felt more like a glorious practice session than a match with so many risks, both men were sometimes loose, unlisted, even even the drama was rarely perfect: they were only 95 The winner was matched for 120 unforgettable errors. In a curious parallel, Zverev balanced his 15 asses with 15 double-faults and had eight themes in each category.
Normally, the U.S. Open closes every Grand Slam season, but what was common around 2020?
“Strange time,” Theme says of it.
Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, Wimbledon was canceled for the first time since World War II, and the French Open was originally scheduled to begin in May, and will now begin in two weeks.
So the tennis world quickly moved to European soil after an unusual double-tournament hard-court doubleheader at Flushing Meadows – which Mike Dows, CEO of the American Tennis Association, admitted on Sunday that at one point seemed like an “insane idea”.
The U.S. Open was preceded by the Western and Southern Open, which moved from Ohio to New York as part of a “controlled environment” to restrict travel.
The whole event went differently: Federer, Nadal and Djokovic won the previous 13 major trophies. Federer and Nadal, however, failed to make it to the U.S. Open when Djokovic broke down in anger after accidentally hitting a line judge with a ball in the fourth round.
The theme – just, just – took the opportunity to shake the champions club.
“I want to congratulate Dominic on the first of many Grand Slam titles,” Zaverev said. “I don’t think it’s the only one.”
If it were, it would not be as safe as any other.
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