Twitter overflowed with posts after Dominic Thiem defeated Alexander Zverev to reach the Australian Open final
In a battle between two good friends, it was the Austrian Thiem who emerged on top after he defeated the German 3-6, 6-4, 7-6, 7-6 in a tight encounter to book a place in the finals.
Thiem will next meet third seed Novak Djokovic, who beat Swiss maestro Roger Federer in the previous semi-final.
Meanwhile, tennis fans from across the globe took on to twitter in numbers after the thrilling encounter between two who are seen as potential future stars of the sport.
This would be Thiem’s first-ever final appearance at the Australian Open with his previous best being a fourth-round exit back in 2018.
Meanwhile, Zverev’s wait for a maiden Grand Slam final still continues as he bowed out of the tournament after Thiem sprung from behind to emerge the eventual winner.
#AusOpen A third Grand Slam final for Dominic Thiem! Defeats Sascha Zverev, who played well in his first slam semi final, 3-6 6-4 7-6(3) 7-6(4).
But does Thiem stand a realistic chance against Djokovic?
— Chris Brown (@ChrisBrownSport) January 31, 2020
For the 13th year in a Row the Australian Open final is between 2 Europeans.
Before that it happened only 9 times in the whole Australian Open history
— enrico maria riva (@enricomariariva) January 31, 2020
UNREAL!!! Congratulations @ThiemDomi! 😍
— Shelly (@shelligot) January 31, 2020
🇦🇹THIEM BEATS ZVEREV TO REACH FINAL🇦🇹
— Sky Sports Tennis (@SkySportsTennis) January 31, 2020
Dominic Thiem is an Australian Open finalist.
— William Hill (@WilliamHill) January 31, 2020
THIEM INTO THE FINAL! Dominic Thiem is through to his third grand slam final and his first in Australia. He defeats Zverev 3-6, 6-4, 7-6,7-6 and he’ll take on Novak Djokovic in Sunday night’s final. Can he win it? #AO2020
— SEN 1116 (@1116sen) January 31, 2020
A big respect for sascha zverev who played incredibly well to reach the semis and announces to donate funds for bushfire relief big respect for him
— Umer Ijaz (@UmerIja64422661) January 31, 2020
Congrats Dominic 🤗 Now go and get your first GS. You deserve it. But big respect to @AlexZverev for an amazing run at the tournament 👍 Good to have the youngsters finally starting to up their level of play at the Slams.
— Doris (@DorisLaRubia) January 31, 2020
Congrats to Dominic! And to Zverev on a great tournament! pic.twitter.com/lZpiuxeQxm
— Susan Minamide (@sjminamide) January 31, 2020
Why do I feel like there is going to be a new #AusOpen winner??
— Maheiba Moirangcha (@a91millenial) January 31, 2020
Go Thiem!!! I'm officially on the #teamthiem bandwagon! So impressive. You have the talent and determination to defeat Djoker and hold up that trophy 🏆
— Marija (@marija_cs) January 31, 2020
A visibly disappointed Zverev was however in support of his friend as he said, “I think he has a chance, He is playing the best tennis of his life,” when asked about his chances of winning the final.
Slight statistical advantage for Djokovic
Serbian Djokovic has a slight 6-4 advantage over his younger opponent Thiem. However, the two of them have never met each other before in a Slam event and it could be really interesting to see who comes on top finally.
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Also, most of Djokovic’s win over the 26-year old has happened before 2018. Meanwhile, Thiem has emerged winner 3 times in the last four meetings between the two players.
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