Simona Halep: 'I was very happy for Dominic Thiem, he deserves Major trophy'

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Simona Halep: 'I was very happy for Dominic Thiem, he deserves Major trophy'

World no. 2 Simona Halep is competing again after taking a couple of weeks off, skipping Cincinnati and the US Open. In her first tournament after the coronavirus outbreak, Simona conquered Prague's title, continued to work on clay and entered Rome as one of the favorites, chasing the first title in the Italian capital.

Asked about the US Open before the tournament, Simona said she made the right decision, staying healthy and practicing on clay ahead of two notable events in Rome and Paris. The Romanian didn't watch too many New York matches, catching the opening set of the women's final but not watching it until the end.

Although, she felt sorry after checking the men's final result and the outstanding battle between Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev, knowing she had missed a thrilling final. The Romanian praised both players, saying she was happy for Thiem after claiming the first Major title, losing the first three Major finals just like her.

It was the first US Open final decided in the final set tie break, with Thiem prevailing 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 in four hours and two minutes. Thus, Dominic became the first player since Roland Garros 2004 to overcome two sets to love deficit in a Major final, starting to play better in the closing stages of the second set and crossing the finish line first after all kinds of drama.

Thiem couldn't find his strokes early on, feeling the pressure and having to raise his level against the opponent who was also chasing the first Major trophy. With no room for errors, the Austrian bounced back in sets three and four, giving his everything in the decider despite physical issues.

In the US Open men's final, Dominic Thiem defeated Alexander Zverev in five sets.

Zverev started all over in set number five, stealing Dominic's serve in the eighth game to serve for the title. Nonetheless, the youngster hit a costly double fault to keep the Austrian alive, with Thiem leveling the score at 5-5.

With momentum on his side, Dominic broke again to move 6-5 in front, failing to serve out for the victory and allowing Zverev to reach the deciding tie break. Alexander saved two match points at 4-6, only to drop the next two points and hand the trophy to Dominic.

"I was very sad when I saw the men's final result in New York because I didn't watch the match. I was happy for Thiem when I saw he turned the scoreboard around, knowing he had lost the previous three Major finals.

On the other hand, it was a dramatic encounter and I feel sorry for Zverev. I'm sure it was a great match and that we will see them in many finals in the future. I know how Dominic must have felt; I lost three Major finals before winning the first one. He deserves that," Simona Halep said.