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Dominic Theim demolishes Alexander Zverev to make final

first_imgMELBOURNE: Dominic Thiem won the new-generation battle with Alexander Zverev 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(3), 7-6(4) to reach his first Australian Open final on Friday and set up the ultimate test against Melbourne Park maestro Novak Djokovic.In an enthralling semi-final featuring a rain interruption, a lighting failure and a plenty of drama besides, the fifth seeded Austrian shrugged off a sluggish start and was braver on the big points under the roof at Rod Laver Arena.He thrashed two blazing forehand winners to raise three match points in the decisive tiebreak, then sealed it with a cross-court volley to book his third Grand Slam final after losing the last two French Open deciders to Rafa Nadal.“Both of us could have won this today,” Thiem, who dumped Nadal from the quarter-finals, said on court.“Maybe (I have) a little bit of experience, little bit of something else. He’s just 22, maybe not long before he makes it to his first Grand Slam final.“It was an unreal match, again two tiebreaks, so tough and so close. It was almost impossible to break him.”With the men’s Grand Slams dominated for years by the ‘Big Three’ of Djokovic, Nadal and Roger Federer, Thiem will bid to become the first man born in the 1990s to win a major title. AgenciesAlso Read: Alexander Zverev breaks new ground to stun WawrinkaAlso Watch: APYC in Guwahati demands unconditional release of President Kamrul Islam Choudhurylast_img read more

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