ATP US Open: Dominic Thiem overpowers Daniil Medvedev to reach title clash
World no. 3 Dominic Thiem is through to his fourth Major final and the first in New York, ousting the last year's finalist Daniil Medvedev 6-2, 7-6, 7-6. The encounter lasted for two hours and 55 minutes and the Austrian had the upper hand when it mattered the most, becoming the sixth active player with four Major finals after Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka.
Thiem will play for the title against Alexander Zverev, securing the first Major crown for the players born in the 90s and ending the 'big 3' streak. Also, Dominic will try to avoid a 0-4 start in Major finals, reserved only for Ivan Lendl, Andre Agassi, Goran Ivanisevic and Andy Murray.
Medvedev hadn't lost a set before today's clash, beating all rivals in straight sets and failing to secure at least one against the Austrian, although he served for sets two and three, making his loss even more challenging.
Thiem delivered more efficient numbers behind the second serve, defending six out of eight break points and stealing Medvedev's serve four times, two of those in the opener. Daniil had more winners thanks to the final set but it wasn't enough to keep him safe, spraying too many errors as he couldn't find the way to penetrate the rival and find an open court.
Trailing 5-3 in both sets, the Austrian kept his composure to erase the deficit and reach tie breaks, claiming them both to take another big step towards the title. The Russian hit 13 unforced errors in the opener, feeling uncomfortable in the baseline rallies against the mighty opponent who produced four commanding service games.
Medvedev got broken after a controversy with the umpire in the sixth game, sending a forehand wide in game eight to suffer another break and hand the set to Thiem 6-2.
Dominic Thiem is through to fourth Major final, third in last five tournaments.
The numbers were not much better for the Russian in set number two but he did enough to break at 15 in the first game and settle into a smooth rhythm, serving for the set at 5-4. Thiem broke back when Medvedev netted a forehand, leveling the score at 5-5 and fending off no less than five break chances in game 11 to avoid another setback.
The Austrian saved a set point at 5-6 in the tie break with a service winner, earning a mini-break at 7-7 and forcing Daniil's error to grab the set and open a massive advantage. From 13 winners in the opening two sets combined, Medvedev collected 16 in the third, having to play with more aggression and change things on the court.
He broke in the second game to open a 5-2 gap, serving for the set at 5-4 and squnadering a set point to allow a break of serve for Thiem and more drama. Dominic had the momentum on his side, taking the breaker 7-5 when Daniil netted a forehand to seal the deal and set the title clash against Alexander Zverev on Sunday.