US Open day 12: Alexander Zverev’s delight, to hug or not to hug, suit guy alert

Dominic Thiem fist pump

A look back at day 12th of the 2020 US Open at Flushing Meadows as Dominic Thiem reaches a fourth Grand Slam final and Alexander Zverev becomes a first-time major finalist.

Thiem will face Zverev in the final of the US Open after battling through tough matches at Flushing Meadows.

Zverev came from two sets down to win for the first time in his career against Pablo Carreno Busta while Thiem edged a 6-2, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5) victory against Daniil Medvedev that could easily have gone the other way.

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Alexander Zverev delighted

Alexander Zverev shows his delight after reaching his first grand slam final (Frank Franklin II/AP)

To hug or not to hug

Vera Zvonareva, left, and Laura Siegemund got the thumbs up for a hug
Vera Zvonareva, left, and Laura Siegemund got the thumbs up for a hug (Frank Franklin II/AP)

In these strange times, all norms are out of the window. After clinching the women’s doubles title, Laura Siegemund waited for the umpire’s approval before hugging partner Vera Zvonareva.

The German said: “I felt already the rounds before, I’m very emotional usually at the end of a match. I’m screaming and jumping. I want to hug my partner, I have this urge. That was always kind of awkward to stay away from each other. Today I was like, what the heck. But I asked permission at least.”

Final flourish

Wheelchair star Alfie Hewett wears his heart on his sleeve so it was no surprise to see an exuberant celebration at the end of his narrow victory over Gustavo Fernandez. Fortunately, no line judges were in the way of Hewett’s racket.

Sartorial star

After pineapples and spots, the most flamboyant dresser at Flushing Meadows pulled out another snazzy number.

Up next

The women’s tournament reaches its conclusion on Saturday, with Naomi Osaka and a resurgent Victoria Azarenka both bidding for a third Slam title.

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