DOMINIC THIEM MADE A comeback as he turned things around for a 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (6) victory across more than four hours to earn his first major championship at a nearly empty Arthur Ashe Stadium due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 27-year-old from Austria is the first man to win the American Grand Slam tournament after trailing 2-0 in sets in the final since 1949.
Thiem had lost all three previous Grand Slam finals he contested, while facing Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic. World No.1 Djokovic's sensational exit from the US Open last Sunday ended the Grand Slam reign of the 'Big Three' of men's tennis while ensuring a first-time major champion which Thiem capitalised on.
Unable to draw from support in what’s always been an electric environment, on an evening that felt more like a glorified practice session than a match with so much at stake, both men seemed sluggish. Thiem accomplished another first in this victory. On the 50th anniversary of the tiebreak at the US Open, he won the first-ever fifth-set tiebreak in a US Open championship match.