Dominic Thiem will face Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final after coming from behind to beat Alexander Zverev in 4 units in an entertaining semi-final on Friday.
Thiem, who defeated former champion Rafael Nadal in the quarter-final, recovered from dropping the opening set to clinch a 3-6 6-Four 7-6 7-6 victory over Grand Slam semi-final debutant Zverev.
The Austrian world quantity 5, a two-time runner-up on the French Open, will face Djokovic in Sunday’s final, after the defending champion knocked out his nice rival Roger Federer.
Reacting to his win over Zverev, Thiem mentioned: ‘It was an unreal match, so robust, so shut.
‘It was almost impossible to break him. But to get to the Australian Open final is unreal. It’s an amazing begin to the season.’
Thiem gained the final two units via tie breaks and added: ‘Tie breaks are at all times 50-50. The first one among this event I misplaced.
‘But I had a great start in the two today. That gives you so much confidence.’
Reflecting on the second Australian Open males’s semi-final, former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash mentioned: ‘It didn’t hit the good heights of a number of the different matches… however the rigidity, loads of drama, and it regarded like Thiem received his second wind – there was drained tennis on the market, however you’ve got to give him credit score. He dug deep.
‘Once the rally got going he was always going to be the man to beat. Thiem is just an overall player, with a bit more experience, a bit bigger game.’
On going through Djokovic in the Australian Open final, Thiem added: ‘He’s the King of Australia however I’ll attempt my finest and provides every thing to win.’