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First ever USO final to end in a deciding tiebreak! Very fitting for this mad mess of a match. A passive, clueless Thiem looked down and out against peak aggressive servebot Zverev, then Zed got tight and pushy and started DFing. Eventually, Thiem fought back to force a decider... epic nervefest of a fifth set ensued. Lots of muggery and pushbotting, great shots nevertheless sprinkled in between, such as Alex's dropshot volley or Domi's line-licking FHDTL pass. Thiem hit bigger when in trouble but Zverev was more daring to come in and played some surprisingly juicy volleys.

Still, match was basically decided by who handled his nerves a bit better. Zverev was overtaken by errors serving for it at 5-3, but Thiem couldn't come up with anything but weak slicepushing trying to serve it out, either. In the end, Zed's double faults rearing their head in the tiebreak proved to be crucial, as well as subpar approach shots giving Thiem leeway to make the pass.

Congrats Thiem on your first title!
(even if you had to earn it in the muggiest way possible)
 

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Big Faultrev losing in literally the most shameful fashion possible is a scintillating metaphor for 2020.
 

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Well you wanted a preview of tennis without the big 3, you fucking got it.
 

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Congratulations! to Thiem on becoming the new grand slam champion, finally.

Commiserations! to Zverev on the grand slam final loss after being 2-0 sets up. He will have more chances, I'm sure.

Both well played, in the US Open final. Sadly, only one can win.
 

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I honestly don't know what to say...WOW!!!....for a match that went 5 set with a final set tiebreak...that wasn't really a quality match...Zverev literally choked the match after chances in every set...OH WELL...Thiem has a slam...so that's :love::love::love:
 
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Too strong from the NIDminator after gifting his good friend every lead imaginable.
 
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