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US Open 2020, men's semi-finals, Match Highlights: Dominic Thiem to face Alexander Zverev in final

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US Open 2020, men's semi-finals, Match Highlights: Dominic Thiem to face Alexander Zverev in final

Alexander Zverev takes on Pablo Carreno Busta, Dominic Thiem faces Daniil Medvedev in US Open semi-finals. AP

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Sept 12, 2020 - 08:47 (IST)

That's all we have in store from the US Open tonight. Join us tomorrow for the women's singles final between Naomi Osaka and Victoria Azarenka. Until then, it's goodbye! 

Sept 12, 2020 - 08:42 (IST)

Match stats from the second semi-final

Sept 12, 2020 - 08:37 (IST)

Fantastic contest and very well fought between two great fighters. 

Sept 12, 2020 - 08:36 (IST)

Dominic Thiem: "In the first set, I don't if his ball was out or in, got lucky. In the second and third sets he served for it. Both tiebreaks were amazing. They are mentally tough. I don't like them much. Really happy to be through."

"Definitely playing the big matches helps. Helps even more if in front of fans, big stadiums. I work in off season to play these top guys. I have great friendship and rivalry with Sascha."

"In the second set tiebreak, my heel started to hurt. I changed the shoe. I'm pain free. I hope the foot feels better tomorrow. I don't understand how I can slip on a hardcourt. I got frustrated. All good now."

"The final is going to be an open match. In Australia, was also close. His first serve is out of the world. Precise. I have great friendship and rivalry. If I win, I have my first. If not, I will probably have to call Andy Murray about how it is to be 0-4."

Sept 12, 2020 - 08:32 (IST)

Thiem wins in straight sets

Sept 12, 2020 - 08:31 (IST)

Game, set, match Dominic Thiem!

Dominic Thiem wins 6-2, 7-6, 7-6 in two hours and 55 minutes to beat last year's US Open finalist Daniil Medvedev. He is into his fourth Grand Slam final. 

Sept 12, 2020 - 08:30 (IST)

Third set tiebreak

Medvedev gets one mini break back. Thiem goes for the running pass but the angle is too much. Medvedev with good placement of groundstrokes and then the volley. But he continues to play catch up at 2-5. Chalks off two more points to make it 4-5. A gorgeous drop volley first and a missed return from Thiem second. Not going away without a fight is Medvedev. Not that that's a surprise. Thiem brings up match point with yet another barrage of backhands and Medvedev's reply is wide. Misses it! Thiem goes for far too much on the forehand and it is well long. He is disappointed. "Why, why, why" he mutters, Another match point and this one is converted. Medvedev sends forehand into the net. 

Sept 12, 2020 - 08:24 (IST)

Third set tiebreak

Dominic Thiem gets the mini break to start the tiebreak. Just the kind of start he would have hoped for. Medvedev goes for too much with his backhand on the second point and Thiem is 2-0 up. Make that 3-0! Well angled and placed serve out wide has Medvedev stretching and the defensive return is well long. Uh-oh! Double fault by Medvedev and he is disintegrating here. Gets one point back. It is 5-1 at the change of ends after yet another big serve from Thiem. 

Sept 12, 2020 - 08:21 (IST)

Medvedev 2-6, 6-7, 6-6 Thiem (* denotes server)

Into the third set tiebreak we go! Thiem drops one point on his serve and from 2-5 down, he has given himself a fighting chance of closing this in straight sets. 

Sept 12, 2020 - 08:18 (IST)

Medvedev 2-6, 6-7, 6-5 *Thiem (* denotes server)

A love hold for Daniil Medvedev to stop Dominic Thiem's runof games at 3. A simple hold would do the Russian a world of good. He can now focus on getting the all-important break

Preview: For the first time in 16 years, the men's semi-finals at a Grand Slam tournament will be contested without any of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic participating. Instead, the matchups at Flushing Meadows on Friday will feature a quartet of 20-somethings all seeking a first major championship.

No 2 seed Dominic Thiem of Austria faces No 3 Daniil Medvedev of Russia, in one semi-final and No 5 Alexander Zverev of Germany meets No 20 Pablo Carreño Busta of Spain in the other. Thiem has reached three Grand Slam finals, going 0-3, with each loss to Djokovic or Nadal.

Medvedev was the runner-up to Nadal in a thrill-a-minute five-set final at last year’s US Open. This is the second major semi-final appearance for both Zverev and Carreño Busta; both lost their first attempt to get to a Grand Slam title match.

The eventual champion will be the first man born in the 1990s to grab a Grand Slam trophy: Zverev is 23, Medvedev is 24, Thiem turned 27 a week ago, and Carreño Busta is 29. “Every single one of us deserves this first major title. Everybody will give it all,” Thiem said. “That’s what’s on the mind.”

With inputs from AP.

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