Alexander Zverev the final hurdle in Dominic Thiem's long road to glory

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Alexander Zverev the final hurdle in Dominic Thiem's long road to glory

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Austrian will need to overcome injury and an inability to win when it matters most as the US Open final looms largeAlexander Zverev smiled weakly when reminded yet again that the last time a German won the US Open – Boris Becker, in 1989 – the Berlin Wall was still standing. But Zverev (whose parents played for the Soviet Union) also knows that if his wounded Austrian friend Dominic Thiem is similarly upright on Sunday, one of them will make tennis history.Thiem hurt his leg when playing Daniil Medvedev on Friday evening and was unsure if it was adrenalin that had carried him through repeated crises to win in three sets that were much better than any of the five it took Zverev to beat Pablo Carreño Busta in the first semi-final. The resilient world No 3 has a day to recover but the injury will play on his mind. Related: Novak Djokovic left to count personal and professional cost of moment of madness | Kevin Mitchell Continue reading...
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