When I went to bed on Sunday night Dominic Thiem was 2-6 4-6 1-2 down and it was looking like being a quick evening work but in tennis you never count someone out.
A few hours later, Dominic Thiem has won his first Grand Slam title! It was looking like he would head to Paris with some thinking to do but he turned it around.
Thiem became the fourth male player to win a Grand Slam title from two sets down in the open era and the first male player in the Open era to win the US Open from two sets down.
The first 85 minutes was borderline dreadful from Dominic Thiem, I like Dominic’s game but it can be dreadful or delightful. I thought the way he reset coming into the tournament after being thrashed by Krajinovic was exceptional. He won a few games and won 2/34 points on Filip’s serve in the match.
In New York I thought he adapted well to who he was up against. It was strange to watch someone adapt well in the business end of the tournament but then be soo stubborn in the final.
I’ve watched some matches which have been an awkward watch in the past and this was turning into one. He didn’t adapt to the pace of Zverev or the serve and volley and for such a clever player it was worrying.
The good thing for Dominic Thiem was that with Sascha there is that expected slump in performance and it came. The errors and the doubles faults came into play and all that effort he put in the first couple of sets caught up with him.
Nerves definitely did play a part for Thiem who had lost his previous three majors and the talk was about him losing a fourth but the way he stayed in the third set mentally deserves a lot of credit.
I am pleased to see Thiem win his first major, he recently turned 27 an he has been a journey to this moment. He was tipped as a clay court specialist early on in his career but is picking up major hard court titles and accolades and will be the favourite on his return to the European clay.