Dominic Thiem has won his first major title by outlasting Alexander Zverev in the first US Open final to be decided in a fifth-set tiebreaker.
Thiem won 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5).
The mental struggle to make a major breakthrough was apparent in the tense final set. Zverev broke for a 5-3 lead and served for the title, but Thiem broke right back and won the next three games, giving him a chance to serve for the match.
Zverev then broke him to force the tiebreaker, but then double-faulted twice in it.
Thiem had lost in his first three major finals.
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