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Australian Open 2020, Semifinal, Dominic Thiem vs Alexander Zverev, Highlights: Thiem wins in four sets to set up final vs Djokovic

In the only singles match on Day 12 of Australian Open, Dominic Thiem faces Alexander Zverev in the second semi-final. Follow proceedings live.

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Australian Open 2020, Semifinal, Dominic Thiem vs Alexander Zverev, Highlights: Thiem wins in four sets to set up final vs Djokovic

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Jan 31, 2020 - 18:16 (IST)

Thank you for joining us in our coverage of the men's semi-final. Join us tomorrow for the women's final and the doubles final as well. But the focus will be on the Sofia Kenin vs Garbine Muguruza contest. Until then, it is goodbye!

Jan 31, 2020 - 18:12 (IST)

Melbourne or Vienna?

Jan 31, 2020 - 18:11 (IST)

Post match interview with John McEnroe

Jan 31, 2020 - 18:10 (IST)

Into the final he goes!

Jan 31, 2020 - 18:09 (IST)

Dominic Thiem: "Both of us could have won today. It is his first semifinal in a grand slam. Maybe it was experience, maybe it was something. He's only 22 so we won't have to wait too long for him to reach the final."

"I try to be patient! Twice I've been in the Roland Garros final and faced Nadal. Now I face King of Australia in Djokovic. I try my best, try my best to win."

Jan 31, 2020 - 18:07 (IST)

Dominic Thiem in on-court interview: "Australian Open final is absolutely unreal and what a start to the year."

"It is not easy to come from Nadal after that intense match. It wasn't easy to recover. I had trouble in the first set, both of us were nervous. It was a tough start for me."

"In a grand slam semifinal, there will be many key chances, many key moments."

"I like the song 'Sweet Caroline' During the holidays that's the song they play all the time!"

"I was diving on the hard court. It isn't easy doing that because it is really painful. But that's how much we both want it"

"I started very well in the tiebreaks against Nadal and today. 2-0, 3-0 but they get closer as it went on"

"I was feeling nerves as the match went on. In tough matches, it happens but it's all good."

"It's not easy to get the serves back when he's barely missing. In the tiebreaker, he had two first serves! It wasn't funny!"

Jan 31, 2020 - 18:00 (IST)

Dominic Thiem wins 3-6, 6-4, 7-6, 7-6

Dominic Thiem is into the Australian Open final after beating Alexander Zverev in three hours and 42 minutes. He will face Novak Djokovic for the title. Austrian making his maiden Australian Open final appearance. 

Jan 31, 2020 - 17:59 (IST)

Fourth set tiebreak

4-3: Zverev with a well placed shot after a huge 213 kmph second serve. The lob from Thiem goes long

4-3: DRAMA! Zverev finds the baseline. On the money. It is called long by the linesman but the chair umpire overrules. And correct overrule it is.

5-3: Thiem is not deterred. He produces a strong serve and then a huge forehand goes behind Zverev. 164 kmph forehand winner!

6-3: Make that two HUGE forehands from Thiem back-to-back. This one catches the line. 

6-4: Three match points for Thiem. One saved with a well placed serve. Zverev with a well played serve and it doesn't come back.

GAME, SET, MATCH THIEM! Dominic turns defence into offence in a flash. A lob pushes Zverev back and then the Thiem dictates terms before moving up for a gorgeous drop volley winner. 

Jan 31, 2020 - 17:55 (IST)

Fourth set tiebreak

1-0: Serve out wide from Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev has a desperate go at it but not enough to get the ball to land in from around the net

2-0: Double fault from Zverev! His third of the match. 

3-0: Zverev's backhand sits up and Thiem jumps up to the net. Zverev seems to have the passing shot on the line but its called wide. Challenges and it is wide! Two mini breaks now for Thiem.

3-1: One back! Thiem seems to have the point in his bag but Zverev keeps coming back, keeps getting the ball back and in the end Thiem goes for too much on the backhand. It goes well wide 

3-2: That's both mini breaks back! Thiem looked to go for one-two punch. Got the serve right but did too much on the forehand. It went wide and Zverev stays alive

4-2: Or he doesn't? Zverev with a poor, poor smash! Shanked completely! Djokosmash making an appearance here. They swap ends. 

Jan 31, 2020 - 17:49 (IST)

Thiem 3-6, 6-4, 7-6, 6-6 *Zverev (* denotes server)

A service winner and then an ace to go 30-0 ahead. Zverev misses the volley then to cut the lead. Big serves follow and that's a very comfortable hold. Into the tiebreak!

Australian Open Friday action preview: Alexander Zverev is 22, Dominic Thiem is 26, and one of them will get the chance to appear in the Australian Open final for the first time. Their semifinal is under the lights at night in the only singles match of Day 12 at Melbourne Park.

It's a matchup between two of the 20-somethings that folks have been expecting to break through the Grand Slam dominance of the Big Three: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer combined to win the past 12 major championships in a row.

While this is the first time in a major semifinal for the No. 7-seeded Zverev, it is the fifth for No. 5 Thiem, whose previous four all came at the French Open, where he lost in the past two finals to Nadal. Thiem eliminated 19-time major champion Nadal in a thriller in the quarterfinals Wednesday; Zverev got past three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka.

(With AP inputs)

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