Second seeded Australian, Dominic Thiem won his first US Open title and his first Grand Slam as No 5 seeded German, Alexander Zverev stretched him to a tie break of 8-6 in the 5th set before he could win the match 2/6, 4/6, 6/4, 6/3 and 7/6 in the match that went on for 3 hours and 52 seconds ending at 01:20 am of Monday Nigerian time.
Thiem is the 2nd highest ranked Australian player in history after Thomas Muster came into the match slowly but became stronger to resist the 15 ace services of Alex with his 8 ace services but Alex had 14 doubles fault while he reduced his with 8. He is the 150th man to win US Opens.
The new Champion who turned 27 years this 3rd September had 16 ATP singles’ titles and had reached 4 Grand Slam finals as he came to be noticed last year when he beat tennis strong man, Roger Federer in the BNP Paribas Open Final,
He had reached the final of 2018 and 2019 French Open finals losing to Rafael Nadal on both occasions and also lost to Novak Djokovic in the 2020 Australian Open singles final so winning the US Open is sweet victory for him.
Alexander of Germany born 20th April 1997 who emerged Runners up turned Pro in 2013 and is the youngest player to be ranked in top 10
Alex who upset Roger Federer in 2016 was appearing in his first US Open final
- About the Author, Toluwanimi Olatunji. He is a first Class graduate of International Relations and Diplomacy of the Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti who plays Tennis
himself. A keen follower of the World Tennis circuit.