Dominic Thiem is safely through to his third Grand Slam final but his first in Australia.
In the battle of the first time semi-finalist in Melbourne between two very good friends it was the more experienced Austrian who progressed to a first final in Melbourne on Sunday.
It was an interesting match, the nerves were there from both players. Dominic Thiem was by far the most nervous in the early exchanges of the match. He was leaking errors especially off the backhand which just didn’t get going in the early exchange.
Losing that first set did the 5th seed the world of good. He began to look sharper and more composed with what he had to do if he was going to get past the German.
Zverev was no pushover though. I was super impressed with the way Zverev served. He was at 81% of first serves in for the match and kept his aces high (16) and his double faults low (3) which we know has been a problem over the last twelve months.
Dominic at times can check out and there were moments random ball striking came into play but his level of intensity at crucial moments was fantastic.
Clutch tennis from Dominic Thiem. 4/9 on break points, 23/27 points won at the net and we know he keeps his winners and errors ratio close but his belief in the tie-breakers has been exceptional in the last couple of rounds winning in these big moments against Sascha Zverev and Rafael Nadal winning all five of the tie-breaks he’s played in the last two matches.
Overall I do think Dominic deserved the win, he’s played another great tournament but at the same time I did feel like Sascha Zverev just waited for something to happen.
I would have liked to have seen Zverev step it up a little bit more. He did well in rallies behind the baseline but it felt like he was waiting for that error from Thiem instead of taking initiative and push forward.
Next up for Thiem is Novak Djokovic, Novak lost his last meeting against Dominic Thiem in London but Novak Djokovic has never lost an Australian Open final!