Pablo Carreño, 29 years old and 27th in the world ranking, acknowledged that he had missed a great opportunity, which his executioner, the German, is still holding on to. Alexander Zverev, and the Austrian Dominic Thiem, which today Sunday (10pm / Eurosport / Direct Web MD) will compete for the title of the US Open most atypical in history.
If it was already a rarity to compete without an audience and living in a biosecurity bubble due to the coronavirus, it is more strange to be able to lift the trophy without having faced one of the Big 3, than since the emergence of Rafael Nadal in Roland Garros 2005 they accumulate 56 of the 64 Grand Slam crowns contested, including the last thirteen.
The manacorí resigned from the title defense, while Roger Federer recovers from a knee injury. The current # 1, Novak DjokovicHe had to maintain the hegemony of the trio, but a hit to a linesman, involuntary but well regulated in the regulations, took him out of the tournament by disqualification in the second round.
If I am the player I have become, it is thanks to Nadal, Federer and Djokovic
“We all knew since then that there would be a new Grand Slam champion, but I forgot about this, I focused on the remaining rivals,” says Thiem, 27, world No. 3. The heir par excellence will have a fourth final to meet a success denied by Rafa Nadal, at Roland Garros 2018 and 2019, and Novak Djokovic, at the Australian Open 2020.
“I have studied Nadal, Djokovic and Federer a lot. Thanks to them I am the player that I have become ”, underlines the one who aspires to take over from his compatriot. Thomas muster, the best of Roland Garros 2005.
He’s at the level of the Big 3, played like a champ
“He is at the level of the Big 3, he played like a champion,” said his victim in the semifinals, the Russian Daniil Medvedev, who could not overcome this round as in 2019. Thiem prevailed in a match of superlative rhythm 6-2, 7-6 (7) and 7-6 (5).
Alexander Zverev, 23 years old and 7th ATP, is expected to one day reach the top. Champion of the ATP Finals of 2018, of major Masters 1000s, he had been bogged down with double faults and drive errors. His inconsistency almost left him out, but his enormous talent also helped to delve into the doubts that were growing in the mind of Carreño, whom he traced: 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 and 6-3 .
Zverev, who in Europe will meet again with his new coach David ferrer, is one step away from emulating Boris becker, the last German champion, in 1989. He already improved his ‘semis’ of the last Australian Open, where he yielded to his friend, and again opponent on the track, Thiem, although presenting problems: 3-6, 6-4, 7- 6 (3) and 7-6 (4). ‘Domi’ dominates on aggregate with Sascha 7-2.
There are also three million dollars in the pot, “but winning a Grand Slam is the goal and the dream I have,” says Thiem.