Thiem pulls off historic comeback to win US Open

Tennis

Dominic Thiem won his first major title by outlasting Alexander Zverev in the first US Open final to be decided in a fifth-set tiebreaker.

Thiem won 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (6) in a match that lasted over four hours. He became the first man in 71 years — since Pancho Gonzales in 1949 — to win the US Open after dropping the first two sets of the final.

The mental struggle to make a major breakthrough was apparent in the tense final set. Zverev broke for a 5-3 lead and served for the title, but Thiem broke right back and won the next three games, giving him a chance to serve for the match.

Zverev then broke him to force the tiebreaker, but then double-faulted twice in it.

Thiem had lost in his first three major finals.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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