14 Sep THE WEEKEND REVIEW…
Thiem lifts the title as Zverev holds back the tears…
Dominic Thiem fought back from two sets down to Alexander Zverev to land the US Open prize and his first Major honor, breaking the heart of Zverev who had to hold back the tears after the match.
“I wish we could have two winners today, we both deserve it,” Thiem told Zverev
Thiem who had previously been beaten in three major finals found something from somewhere to lift the title in a comeback we have not seen for many years in a Grand slam Men’s final making it a gripping and thrilling climax.
But will Thiem’s major win be somewhat overshadowed by the absence of Nadal and Federer, plus world number Novak Djokovic being disqualified, it may well have been different had any of the big three been there or Djokovic at the very least reach the semi’s.
But you cannot take it away from Thiem as he could only beat what was put in front of him whoever he faced and this will surely give him the confidence in more Major tournaments to come when the big three return to the court.
Thiem and Zverev failed to serve out the victory in a tense decider before Thiem finally sealed the win, 2-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 7-6 (8-6).
Speaking after the match Thiem said… “I achieved a life goal, a dream of myself, which I had for many, many years,”
“I dedicated basically my whole life until this point to win one of the four majors. Now I did it. That’s also for myself a great accomplishment.”
“I mean, it’s by far not only myself, it’s an accomplishment from all my team, from all my family. I guess also today is the day where I gave back a huge amount of what they did for me.”
Osaka Fights back to land 2nd US Open title…
Naomi Osaka fought back to beat Victoria Azarenka at Flushing Meadows to land her third Grand Slam title and second US Open title.
After the match speaking to the press, Osaka said to Azarenka “I don’t want to play you in any more finals, I didn’t really enjoy that, it was a really tough match for me,” Osaka jokingly told Azarenka.
“It was really inspiring for me because I used to watch you play here when I was younger. I learned a lot, so thank you.”
After a disappointing start to the match for Osaka where Azarenka took full charge of the early stages in the first set showing dominance to take the opening set 6-1, it looked like a long way back for Osaka as she had to dig deep to get back on terms in the second set, which she did in style as she produced some of her best tennis in the next two sets to complete the comeback and close out the match, winning 6-1 6-3 6-3.
“I just thought it would be embarrassing to lose this under an hour,” said Osaka
“The quarantine definitely gave me a chance to think a lot about things, what I want to accomplish, what I want people to remember me by,”
“I feel like I’ve definitely tried to mature. I wasn’t really sure the process that I was going to have to take”.
“But I feel like the lessons that I learned with life definitely developed me as a person more.”
Osaka now sits at number three in the world rankings after her US Open victory.
Headlines from the weekend’s action…
- BIGFOOT NAP… GALILEO CHROME Bags St leger Prize and first Classic for Jockey Tom Marquand!!!
- Opening day wins for Palace, Arsenal, Liverpool, Newcastle
- Hamilton claims 90th win in Tuscan GP
- Wasps go second after victory over Bristol
- Stewart Cink lands first PGA win in 11 years
- England beat Australia by 24 runs in ODI
All the best