Dominic Thiem described the prospect of an Australian Open final as ‘absolutely unreal’ after he won his semi-final against Alexander Zverev.
The Austrian has played in two Grand Slam finals to date, both the French Open, but he will get another shot when he faces Novak Djokovic on Sunday.
“It was an unreal match,” said Theim after his 3-6, 6-4 7-6(7-3), 7-6(7-4) win. “Again, two tiebreaks. So tough and so close.
“It was almost impossible to break him, he had such a high percentage on his first serve but Australian open Final is absolutely unreal and what a start to the season so far.
“It’s not easy [to bounce back], I was playing four hours 10 against Rafa [Nadal, in the quarter-final] who is is the most intense guy on tour, almost every rally was so intense and long.
“I was in bed at around 5 yesterday so it was not easy to recover but once all the adrenaline came…”
For Zverev, there will be disappointment that he could not go further but also satisfaction that his game is working again after a difficult 2019.
This was the first time the 22-year-old has played in a slam semi-final, with this run easily the most impressive he has been at one of the sport’s four biggest tournaments.
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