US Open: Osaka, Azarenka, Thiem, Zverev To Play Finals

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Dominic Thiem And Alexander Zverev To Play 2020 US Open Final

Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev have secured themselves the two spots US Open final with Zeverev defeating Pablo Carreno Busta 3-6 2-6 6-3 6-4 6-3 and Thiem getting a hard-fought straight-sets  6-2 7-6 7-6 victory over Daniil Medvedev.

It was a fantastic comeback for Alexander Zverev, who reaches his first Grand Slam final after recovering from two sets down.

Thiem asserted his dominance early on in the proceedings and won the opening set 6-2, but still struggled to conquer the Russian and it took two tie-breaks to wrap things up.

“I played my best tennis then towards the end of the sets,” said Thiem. “Both tie-breaks were amazing. Tie-breaks are mentally a tough thing. I don’t like them at all to be honest.

“I’m really happy to be through. It was a great semi-final.”

In the first semi finals, Zverev somehow managed to get himself back into the match in what was a low-quality match riddled with unforced errors to make his first Grand Slam final after two sets.

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The turnaround was very impressive as Zverev made an insane 36 errors over the first two sets, but with his second match point he eventually took the victory in the US Open semis.

“I was actually looking at the scoreboard when I was down two sets to love and I was like ‘I can’t believe it, I am playing in the semi-final where I am supposed to be the favourite and I am down two sets to love,” said Zverev.

“I knew that I had to come up with better tennis and I knew that I had to be more stable … but I am through to my first Grand Slam final and that’s all that matters.”

On Sunday, the 23-year-old will aim to become the first German Grand Slam champion since Boris Becker triumphed in 1996 at the Australian Open when he takes on Dominic Thiem, who conquered Daniil Medvedev.

In one of the women’s US Open semis, Serena Williams was beaten 1-6 6-3 6-3 in the semi-finals of the US Open by Victoria Azarenka on Thursday, denying her the chance of winning a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title on home soil this year.

In the WTA US Open second semifinal, Naomi Osaka held her nerve to reach the US Open final with a hard-fought 7-6(1) 3-6 6-3  win against American Jennifer Brady at Flushing Meadows.

Two years ago Osaka won the first of two successive Grand Slam titles in New York and in a hugely-impressive showcase produced 35 winners.

“I really love the atmosphere even though there’s sadly no people here,” said Osaka. “This court really suits me well.”

The women’s US Open final will see Azarenka play Japan’s Naomi Osaka in her third final at Flushing Meadows on Saturday, having lost the previous two to Williams in 2012 and 2013.

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