US Open Men’s Final Top Tennis Picks and Predictions

Ruben Hill
September 16, 2020

After erasing a two-set deficit for the first time in his career, fifth seed Zverev - the youngest major finalist since Novak Djokovic in 2010 - is now looking to become the first German slam champion since Boris Becker in 1996.

But with Federer, Nadal and Wawrinka not travelling to NY in 2020, Novak Djokovic's fourth-round default and Cilic's loss in the third round, a new champion was guaranteed.

Novak Djokovic was in fact disqualified after accidentally hitting the line judge in the throat.

In what was a low-quality match littered with unforced errors, Zverev somehow managed to haul himself back into it to reach his first Grand Slam final from two sets down. I'm really, really happy to be through'.

Standing in his path to a maiden title is 23-year-old Zverev, who is out for revenge after losing to Thiem in their Australian Open semi-final earlier this year.

"There's still one more step to go", he said.

Thiem: "I face a great, great opponent".

He is also one of five men in the Open Era to have lost each of their first three major finals, alongside Goran Ivanisevic, Andre Agassi, Andy Murray and Ivan Lendl.

He very almost won that one and he will surely believe this is finally his time after a 6-2 7-6 (7) 7-6 (5) victory over Russian Medvedev, who served for both the second and third sets but could not shake off Thiem.

Dumusois gave Medvedev a code violation in a match past year after the Russian snatched a towel from a ballperson. He's also more than capable of winning that final.

Dominic Thiem returns the ball during his Men's Singles semifinal match against Daniil Medvedev on day twelve of the 2020 US Open on September 11, 2020.

Speaking on court, he said with a wry smile: "If I win, I have my first (Slam title)".

"We have such a great friendship and rivalry as well and it's really really wonderful that we face off each other in the Grand Slam final", Thiem said.

Thiem admits there is "huge pressure", with both he and Zverev "working very hard since a long time" to enter the pantheon of Slam champions.

"I mean, I stayed home before for two months and that was enough, I guess, and I was ready to compete again", Thiem said last month. At the same time, I try to think not too much about it.

These two are great friends after all and know each other's game very well. Carreno Busta led the first set of the match at the time of rejection. "A good record against Sascha, it doesn't help me at all", Thiem told reporters. "I'm just excited about it", said Zverev, the world number seven.

While Thiem was all consistent power and pace, Zverev went for patience and percentage: both actions that would have been nearly unlikely a year ago. "There were chances coming up with these exhibitions, so I took it".

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