ATP US Open: Alexander Zverev performs unbelievable comeback for first Major final

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ATP US Open: Alexander Zverev performs unbelievable comeback for first Major final

Alexander Zverev will compete in the first Major final following a 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 triumph over Pablo Carreno Busta in three hours and 22 minutes. Zverev became the first player since Novak Djokovic nine years ago with this feat, earning a chance to fight for the first Major crown against Dominic Thiem or Daniil Medvedev.

As the result suggests, Zverev played some other match in sets one and two, winning three of the opening 14 games before starting to make a comeback, showing some positive signs at the end of the second set and using that as a jumping board for the remaining three.

Firing 24 aces, Alexander fired 71 winners and 57 unforced errors, 36 of those mistakes in the opening two sets before he found his strokes' rhythm. Barely spraying any errors in sets one and two, Pablo started to lose ground when he had to take the decisive step and finish the rival, unable to challenge Zverev's serve after the fourth set's fourth game.

There were massive 37 break chances up for grabs, with both players earning seven return games to remain neck and neck until the final set. The Spaniard saved a break point in the third game of the opener, stealing Zverev's serve following a backhand error from the German in the next one.

Pablo forced an error from Alexander in game six, opening a 5-1 advantage and closing the set after a backhand error from the younger player in the ninth game. Carreno Busta forged a 5-0 lead in set number two after three consecutive breaks, serving well and keeping everything under control on the return.

Zverev pulled one break back before Carreno Busta clinched the set in game eight, moving closer to the finish line. With no room for errors, Alexander held at love twice at the beginning of the third set, securing a break in game four with a forehand down the line winner for a massive boost.

Alexander Zverev is through to his first Major final.

Carreno Busta erased the deficit in the next game and suffered another break in game six, with the German landing four service winners at 5-3 to start his comeback ahead of the encounter's third hour.

They traded breaks in games three and four in set number four, with Zverev serving well in the remaining three games. He grabbed a break in the seventh game with a smash winner, landing an ace down the T line at 5-4 to level the overall score and become the favorite ahead of the decider.

There, he broke Pablo in the first game and sealed the deal with another break at 5-3 when Carreno Busta netted a backhand, earning the place in the final and overcoming two sets to love deficit for the first time in a career.