By Mike Dickson for the Daily Mail
Published: 01:20 BST, 14 September 2020 | Updated: 01:36 BST, 14 September 2020
A dramatic fifth set tiebreak heralded the end of six year wait for men's tennis finally to gain a new Grand Slam champion – the Austrian who for two years has looked like the next cab off the rank.
At the fourth time of asking Dominic Thiem has his first Major, won amid nerve-shredding tension before the most minor of crowds at the US Open inside the near deserted Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The 27-year-old from the market town of Lichtenworth, virtually hobbling with soreness by the end, triumphed 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 in just under four hours. At times it seemed like the match nobody wanted to win.
Dominic Thiem finally ended his wait for a Grand Slam title as he claimed the US Open
A four hour epic was settled in a championship tie-break as Thiem collapsed with sheer joy
Thiem appeared broken physically and emotionally after a match that tipped over four hours
Alexander Zverev raced into a two-set lead but pressure told and he was beaten in five sets
Thiem finally clinched it 8-6 in the tiebreak on his third match point, having made a horrible mess of two straightforward forehands when he had chances at 6-4 and