• 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).
Source:
AAP
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.