• Dominic Thiem celebrates with the US Open trophy (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
Dominic Thiem became the first man in 71 years to win the US Open after dropping the first two sets of the final on Monday (AEST).
14 Sep 2020 - 11:05 AM  UPDATED 14 Sep 2020 - 11:05 AM

Thiem earned his first grand slam title with a 2-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 7-6 (8-6) comeback victory against Alexander Zverev.

The US Open had never been decided by a fifth-set tiebreaker before.

Pancho Gonzalez made a similar turnaround against Ted Schroeder in 1949 to win the event, then known as the US Championships.

The 27-year-old Thiem entered the final with a 0-3 career record in major title matches.

This was fifth-seed Zverev's debut in a grand slam final.

Thiem, the number two seed and world number three, became the first Austrian to claim a singles title at Flushing Meadows, albeit in unique circumstances as no fans were present at the hardcourt major due to the COVID-19 pandemic.