World No. 7 Alexander Zverev believes No. 5 seed Dominic Thiem stands a chance to beat second-seeded Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final. Thiem, 26, came from a set down to beat Zverev 3-6 6-4 7-6 (3) 7-6 (4) and make his third Grand Slam final -- but the first outside Roland Garros.
The Austrian will have a tough job on Sunday as record seven-time Australian Open champion Djokovic has never lost a final at Melbourne Park. "I think he has a chance,” Zverev said of Thiem's chances in the upcoming final, per the tournament's website.
“He's playing the best tennis of his life. I do believe he's playing good enough”. After falling short to Thiem, Zverev admitted he could only blame himself for the loss. The German failed to convert any of his three set points on Thiem's serve in the 10th game of the third set.
"I had 14 break points,” Zverev acknowledged. “That should be plenty. In the important moments, I didn't play my best. He did. That's where the match kind of went his way. We've had a lot of tight moments, four tight sets.
In the third set I had set points. In the fourth set, I had chances. Just got to execute better next time. But credit to him. He's playing unbelievable tennis right now”.