The US Open 2020 has been one of a kind; from empty stadiums to players getting disqualified, we have seen it all. After the two thrilling men’s semifinals, we have a blockbuster final between Dominic Thiem and the fifth-seeded Alexander Zverev.
It will be history in the making as both the players are eyeing their maiden Grand Slam title. The No.2 seed Dominic Thiem is playing his fourth Major final, having lost his first three- the 2020 Australian Open to Novak Djokovic, 2018, and the 2019 Roland Garros finals to Rafael Nadal.
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On the other hand, No.5 seed Alexander Zverev will play his first Grand Slam final and might become the first German Major champion since Boris Becker won the 1996 Australian Open.
Thiem vs. Zverev – Preview
Thiem has played exceptionally well and has beaten some top players en route to the US Open 2020 final. The Austrian ousted former US Open champion Marin Cilic in the third round and pulverized No.3 seed Daniil Medvedev in straight sets in the semifinals.
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Zverev, too, has shown outstanding fighting spirit despite being on the brink of elimination. The German defeated Boric Coric in the quarterfinals in a hard-fought four sets. In the semifinals, Zverev came from two sets down to win against Spain’s Pablo Carreño Busta in an epic five-set match.
Thiem vs. Zverev: Head-to-Head
Sunday will mark their tenth meeting and the first-ever in a Grand Slam final. Thiem leads Zverev by a huge margin of 7-2 in their head-to-head record.
Thiem has won the previous three encounters between the pair, the latest one being a thrilling semifinal at this year’s Australian Open. The last time Zverev won a match against Thiem was back in 2018, in the finals of the Madrid Masters. The duo has played thrice against each other in Grand Slams, with Thiem winning all the battles.
Dominic Thiem vs. Alexander Zverev: Prediction
Alexander Zverev won’t be able to afford too many unforced errors against Thiem, unlike his match against Pablo Busta. Playing in his first Major final, the pressure will be on Zverev to keep his nerves under control. The German will have to reduce the number of double faults and dominate the game from the baseline to win against Thiem.
No.2 seed Dominic Thiem needs to maintain his level of play from the baseline and keep up his spectacular returns if he is to win his first Grand Slam title. Despite losing the previous three Major finals, Thiem will be confident about edging past Zverev, given his positive recent record against the German. The final showdown at Flushing Meadows seems to favor Dominic Thiem.
We will get a new Grand Slam champion for the first time since 2016.
Prediction: Dominic Thiem to win in four sets