Thiem pulls off historic comeback to win US Open


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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